Daily Archives: January 14, 2021

‘They act as a Spanish Inquisition’: Mexico’s president vows to lead international push against social media censorship — RT World News

‘They act as a Spanish Inquisition’: Mexico’s president vows to lead international push against social media censorship

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged to spearhead a global campaign against internet censorship, insisting platforms cannot act as a “Spanish Inquisition” or stifle free speech using safety as a “pretext.”

Obrador – perhaps better known by his initials, AMLO – said his administration would contact other governments to find common ground on the issue on Thursday, adding that he would raise the matter at the next international G20 summit.

“I can tell you that at the first G20 meeting we have, I am going to make a proposal on this issue,” he said. “Yes, social media should not be used to incite violence and all that, but this cannot be used as a pretext to suspend freedom of expression.”

How can a company act as if it was all powerful, omnipotent, as a sort of Spanish Inquisition on what is expressed?

 Also on rt.com

Poland slams social media deplatforming of Trump as government readies anti-censorship law

Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard elaborated, saying, “Given that Mexico, through our president, has spoken out, we immediately made contact with others who think the same.” He noted that so far, they have heard back from officials in Germany, France, the European Union, Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, though did not specify each nation.

“The president’s orders are to make contact with all of them, share this concern and work on coming up with a joint proposal. We will see what is proposed,” Ebrard continued.

While AMLO gave few details about how Mexico would push back against increasingly aggressive censorship campaigns across social media, he has argued that corporations should not decide who has a voice online. Earlier this week, the president invited his Facebook followers to migrate to Telegram, whose moderation policies are seen as less strict than other major platforms.

Obrador is not the first top official around the world to voice concerns about recent social media purges – namely Twitter’s decision to boot US President Donald Trump from the site for good – with officials in Russia, Poland, and Germany, among others, also speaking out.

 Also on rt.com

‘NUCLEAR BLAST in cyberspace’: Russia warns of dire consequences for ‘democratic values’ over Trump’s social media ban

Earlier on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova compared Trump’s Twitter ban to a “nuclear explosion in cyberspace,” while German Chancellor Angela Merkel has deemed the suspension “problematic.” 

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, meanwhile, blasted Big Tech firms as a “digital oligarchy” and a “threat” to democracy following Trump’s ouster from Twitter, though nonetheless said state authorities should possess powers to regulate speech. The Polish government has similarly denounced Trump’s temporary Facebook ban, saying it “amounts to censorship.” Under a recently passed law in the country, removal of “lawful content” from social media sites is now itself illegal.

Obrador’s push against censorship is not the only stance to thrust him into the headlines as of late. He garnered attention last week after offering Julian Assange political asylum in Mexico – despite being generally supportive of the Trump administration, which is seeking to charge and imprison the WikiLeaks co-founder amid calls from some of Trump’s own supporters to grant him a pardon.

“Assange is a journalist and deserves a chance, I am in favor of pardoning him,” AMLO told reporters soon after a British judge shot down a US extradition request for the anti-secrecy activist, adding “we’ll give him protection.”

 Also on rt.com

‘We’ll give him protection’: Mexican president promises asylum for Julian Assange
— Read on www.rt.com/news/512574-mexico-president-internet-censorship/

Trump impeachment, Democrats’ incitement claim undercut by evidence of planned attack on Capitol – Washington Times

The Democratic impeachment claim that President Trump spurred the attack on the U.S. Capitol by whipping his supporters into a violent mob is coming under scrutiny as evidence mounts that the siege was not spontaneous but planned well in advance.

Articles of impeachment to be filed against Biden | WND

With impeachment now routine in the Nancy Pelosi-run U.S. House, a freshman Republican member has announced she will file articles of impeachment against Joe Biden one day after his inauguration.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., announced on Twitter — with the hashtags #ImpeachBiden and #BidenCrimeFamily — she will file the articles on Jan. 21, charging abuse of power.

In an interview Wednesday night with Newsmax, Greene said, “I would like to announce on the behalf of the American people we have to make sure that our leaders are held accountable.”

She said Biden is “willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments, Chinese energy companies, Ukrainian energy companies.”

With the Democrats in control of the House, there’s little chance Greene’s move will gain any traction, but her charge is not without merit.

A poll after the Nov. 3 election found that had Democrat voters known about the evidence found in a laptop abandoned at a repair shop by Joe Biden’s son Hunter, enough of them would have dropped their support for Biden to change the election result.

Reports by the New York Post of the evidence that Joe Biden was aware of his son’s foreign business deals while serving as vice president and personally profited from them were blocked by Twitter and Facebook. And establishment media refused to investigate the story, with some dismissing it as “Russian disinformation.”

The Democrats first impeachment of Trump centered on the president’s concern about Hunter Biden’s lucrative deal with a corrupt Ukrainian natural gas firm while his father was in charge of U.S. policy for the country.

Joe Biden later publicly confessed that he threatened Ukraine’s president with the loss of American financial aid unless he fired the country’s top prosecutor, who was investigating Burisma at the time.

See video of Joe Biden recounting his successful effort to have Ukraine’s top prosecutor fired:

Joe Biden’s involvement in a deal with a Chinese energy firm tied to the Communist Party was referenced in a text message from a business associate of Hunter Biden requesting that “Joe” be involved, because that would make it look like a “truly family business,” Fox News reported.

In text messages dating back to 2017, shortly after Joe Biden left the office of vice president, business associates James Gilliar and Tony Bobulinski sought to “get Joe involved.”

The deal was the joint venture with CEFC China Energy that Bobulinski has discussed in media interviews. Bobulinski claims he met twice with Joe Biden and is certain that an email indicating the “big guy” was to get a 10% cut referred to the former vice president.

A Senate report found that among the Communist Party-tied nationals with whom Hunter Biden did business was Ye Jianming, founder of CEFC China Energy. Ye was affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army, the report said.

The New York Times reported in 2018 that Ye wanted “access to the corridors of power in Washington” and he soon “was meeting with the family of Joseph R. Biden Jr.”

It was a post-election survey that found more than one-third of voters who chose Joe Biden were not aware of the evidence linking the former vice president to corrupt financial dealings with China through his son.

Had they known, according to the survey commissioned by the Media Research Center, President Trump would have won at least 289 Electoral College votes.

Victor Davis Hanson, a historian at the Hoover Institution, wrote in a PJ Media column that if Republicans take control of the House in 2022, they could impeach Biden. And if they regain control of the Senate, which is split now 50-50, they could remove him from office.

Hanson said Biden “will face Nemesis in a way that few other presidents have ever encountered the cruel Greek god.”

“Biden’s hubris and that of the media/Democratic Party fusion almost guarantee such divine retribution.”

Hanson noted Biden’s campaign and its media allies hid “his apparent cognitive decline and his family’s financial entanglements.”

“From April 2020 on, a virtual news blackout surrounded Biden. His rare interviews were scripted. Biden communiques were teleprompted. Press conferences were either nonexistent or revolved around his favorite milkshake or his socks. Mentions of Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China and Ukraine were taboo. It was sinful to reference reports of a Hunter Biden email allegedly detailing a 10 percent distribution of such revenue to the ‘Big Guy’ — presumably Joe Biden.”

However, he pointed out, Biden will not be able to avoid scrutiny forever.

“He will soon face unscripted meetings with foreign leaders. He will have to meet dozens of movers and shakers each week. Is he or the nation prepared for the consequences of his return to normality after nearly a year of media fawning and forced isolation?”

Hanson noted Biden will go into office “with an ethical cloud hanging over his head — one that could have been vetted and adjudicated rather than blacked out for most of 2020. His son, brother and perhaps family associates may talk if faced with FBI and IRS probes, if not a special counsel investigation.”

Hanson said the impeachment precedent Democrats have established doesn’t even require an alleged crime.

He noted Biden called Trump’s supporters “ugly folk” and “chumps.” And the former VP compared the president to Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi propagandist.

“Biden should hope that a rogue FBI does not conduct freelance investigations of him the way it did to Trump,” Hanson said. “Let Biden pray there is not a partisan medical community to diagnose him as impaired and suited for 25th Amendment removal, as was the case with Trump.”

— Read on www.wnd.com/2021/01/articles-impeachment-filed-biden/

The lynch mob comes for citizen Trump | WND / by Patrick J. Buchanan

“The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled this mob and lit the flame of this attack.”

So alleged Liz Cheney, third-ranking Republican in the House, as she led nine GOP colleagues to vote for a second impeachment of Donald Trump. The House Republican caucus voted 197-10 against impeachment.

House Democrats voted lockstep, 222-0, to impeach in an exercise the solidarity of which calls to mind the Supreme Soviet of Stalin’s time.

But is what Cheney said true?

Undeniably, the huge crowd that assembled on the mall Wednesday did so at Trump’s behest. But that peaceful crowd was not the violent mob that invaded the Capitol.

The mob was a mile away as Trump spoke. It was up at the Capitol while Trump was on the monument grounds. It could not hear him. And the break-in of the Capitol began even before Trump concluded his remarks. It was done as he spoke. Nor is there anything in the text of those remarks to indicate that Trump was signaling for an invasion of the Capitol.

How then did he light “the flame of this attack”?

At the end of his remarks, Trump said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

Is that a call to riot? 

The impeachment resolution charges Trump with an “incitement of insurrection.” Where did he do this? Where is the smoking gun?

The House Judiciary Committee declined to conduct hearings and call witnesses to reveal the links between Trump and the rioters.

What was the imperative that demanded a suspension of the normal process? Urgency, answers House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Trump’s continuance in the presidency is a “clear and present danger” to the republic.

But this is hysterical nonsense that covers up the real motive.

The left wants to stigmatize Trump down through the ages with twin impeachments, and its hatred of him has overwhelmed any commitment they had to due process.

Trump not only defeated the establishment in 2016. He got 74 million votes for a second term. Then, he defiantly refused to recognize that his defeat was fairly accomplished. Trump is hated because he will not play the role the left has assigned to him in its historic morality play, in which the left is always the triumphant star.

The Washington Post is now demanding that the trial, conviction and expulsion of Trump from the presidency begin before Joe Biden takes the oath in five days.

This is a familiar mindset: the spirit of the lynch mob. No time for evidence. No need for a trial where both sides can be heard. No need for reflection. Just declare him guilty and hang him. 

Concerning the riot and rampage on the hill, the right has offered no rationalizations or justifications, as the left invariably has ready when its minions go too far. It is not the right, but the left that has, since the ’60s, condoned and excused and called for empathy and understanding of those who use violent means to advance political ends. 

It was Martin Luther King who urged us to understand the root causes of riots in Harlem, Watts, Newark and Detroit when he explained, “A riot is the language of the unheard.”

In 1964, Hubert Humphrey, observing the same riots, declared, “if I were in those conditions… I have enough spark left in me to lead a mighty good revolt under those conditions.”

At Colby College in June 1964, Adlai Stevenson, twice Democratic presidential nominee, asked us to appreciate the indispensable role of civil disobedience in advancing social progress.

“In the great struggle to advance civil and human rights, even a jail sentence is no longer a dishonor but a proud achievement,” he said. “… Perhaps we are destined to see in this law-loving land people running for office not on their stainless records but on their prison records.”

In a retort to President Eisenhower, who had deplored the giving of moral sanction to rioters, Sen. Robert Kennedy said: “There is no point in telling Negroes to obey the law. To many Negroes the law is the enemy.”

In 1970, Justice William O. Douglas described how we should regard leftist demonstrations that turned into violent riots.

“We must realize that today’s Establishment is the new George III,” he said. “Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution!”

What should Trump’s people do now?

If we are headed for an impeachment trial, force the Democrats to prove that Trump deliberately instigated an “insurrection.”

Then, lay out the history of the American establishment’s endless condoning and justifying of disorders, riots and rampages when done in the hallowed name of the social progress in which they believe.

Then vote down impeachment a second time and leave Pelosi 0-2 in her collisions with President and Citizen Trump.

— Read on www.wnd.com/2021/01/the-lynch-mob-comes-for-citizen-trump/

Journalists Accidentally Reveal Left’s Double Standard Over ‘Inciting Violence’ | CBN News

There are some things you just can’t make up.

During Wednesday’s debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives over the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) referenced a quote from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who, in 2018, called for “uprisings all over the country.”

Gohmert’s intention was to highlight the double standard that exists between conservatives and progressives.

“Here’s a quote: ‘I just don’t even know why there aren’t more — why there aren’t uprisings all over the country, and maybe there will be,’” Gohmert said, referencing words from Pelosi. “Or: ‘Sadly, the domestic enemies of our voting system and honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with their allies in Congress.’ We are called ‘enemies’ of the state. Those were all quotes from our speaker.”

“Now, on our side, we didn’t take those to be impeachable, because we didn’t believe she surely meant that,” continued the Texas lawmaker. “But by the Democrats taking this action, you’re telling me, ‘No, when we say those, we actually mean to incite violence.’ That’s what this action is saying.”

Like clockwork, as Fox News documented, many in the media quickly lended credibility to Gohmert’s claim.

CNN analyst Asha Rangappa rebuked Gohmert for “encouraging MORE uprisings,” Law & Crime columnist Elura Nanos tweeted the Republican’s testimony “should be used to immediately expel him.” In addition, Vox editor Laura McGann, Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake, and Politico managing editor Blake Hounshell all wrongly attributed Pelosi’s words to Gohmert, suggesting he was calling for “uprisings” ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.

Hounshell and Blake later deleted their tweets.

As for Pelosi, she made the comment in reference to the backlash Trump faced in the summer of 2018 for his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The second remark — about the “domestic enemies of our voting system” — came in August 2020, when the House speaker was rebuking Republicans for voicing concerns about mass mail-in voting in the presidential election.

In October of last year, now-Vice President-elect Kamala Harris faced criticism for her comments to “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert. Speaking of the Black Lives Matter protests, many of which devolved into violent riots last summer, Harris said: “They’re not going to stop. They’re not. This is a movement. I’m telling you. They’re not going to stop and, everyone, beware. Because they’re not going to stop. They’re not going to stop before Election Day in November, and they are not going to stop after Election Day. And everyone should take note of that on both levels: That they’re not going to let up. And they should not, and we should not.”

It’s worth noting Harris did condemn violence one time, in late August. She said: “We must always defend peaceful protest and peaceful protesters,” adding, “We should not confuse them with those looting and committing acts of violence.”

We would, of course, be remiss if we didn’t mention the now-infamous moment on CNN in August, when national correspondent Omar Jimenez stood in front of a building engulfed in flames in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he claimed the protests had been “largely peaceful.” The network’s chyron at the bottom of the screen read: “Fiery but mostly peaceful protests after police shooting.”

And on MSNBC, anchor Ali Velshi — standing just yards away from the blazing scene — explained: “I want to be clear on how I characterize this. This is mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly, but fires have been started…”

On Wednesday, Democrats — joined by 10 Republicans — voted to impeach Trump following a deadly riot that broke out in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The violent melee has resulted in six deaths, including those of two officers with the Capitol Police.

Lawmakers have argued Trump’s rhetoric about what he believes to be a “stolen election” incited the violence that unfolded in Washington, D.C.  But speaking of double standards, here’s a tweet from Nancy Pelosi rejecting the election results from when Trump was elected:

The president, it should be noted, has condemned the violence. In a brief address from the Oval Office on Wednesday night, Trump yet again said he “unequivocally condemn[s] the violence that we saw last week.”

“Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement,” he said. “Making America Great Again has always been about defending rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values. Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for.”

“No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence,” the president continued. “No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. No true supporter of mine could ever harass their fellow American. If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement — you’re attacking it and you’re attacking our country.”

— Read on www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2021/january/journalists-accidentally-reveal-lefts-double-standard-over-inciting-violence

Trump Declassifies ‘Foot-High’ Stack Of Russiagate, Obamagate Documents; Set For Release Within Days | ZeroHedge

President Trump has declassified and authorized the release of “more than a foot-high stack of documents” related to the Obama administration’s surveillance and espionage committed against the 2016 Trump campaign, as part of a larger campaign to discredit and undermine the incoming US president.

According to journalist and Trump insider John Solomon, the documents would be released as soon as Friday, but no later than Monday.

“He has delivered in a big way. More than a foot-high stack of documents he has authorized to be released by the FBI and the DOJ. These are the things that the FBI has tried to keep from the public for 4 years. They have amazing, big picture revelations,” Solomon told Fox News’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

According to Solomon‘s website, Just The News, the release will support claims that the entire Russia narrative was created and leaked to the news media to upstage concerns over Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

Watch (via Trending Politics):

More from John Solomon Reports:

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/trump-declassifies-foot-high-stack-russiagate-obamagate-documents-set-release-within-days

An Open Letter to a Discouraged Saint — Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

Dearest brother,

I know you are discouraged and distressed this morning. The trials and temptations you’ve faced this past week have brought you low. Suffering clouds your vision. Sin’s hangover—guilt, shame, and doubt—still pounds in your soul. The hardships you face and the failures you recounted to me loom large in your life. They seem to be what is most true, most real, and most compelling about your experience as a Christian right now. I know you have prayed about these things. You are seeking to honor Christ amidst your difficulties, and trying your best to take loving, constructive steps in your contentious relationship. I know you have asked for forgiveness for choosing to give in to desires that took you from God’s good and ancient life-giving path (Jer 6:16). In spite of this, you remain heavy-hearted and downcast. May I help you shift your gaze upward?

You see, what is most true, most real, most compelling, (and most long-lasting) about your life are not the multiple places of suffering, nor your two-steps-forward, one-step-back battle against particular sins. What is most foundationally true is that you are a beloved child of the Father, a co-heir with Jesus Christ. You are a saint! Yes, it’s true! The apostle Paul used this designation for God’s people repeatedly (1 Cor 1:2; Eph 1:1; Phil 1:1; Col 1:2) and it characterizes the members of Christ’s body throughout the ages. You are a saint who suffers and a saint who sins, but a saint nonetheless. This is ground-zero of the Christian life. It’s your most basic and primary identity. You and I are “in Christ” (a term Paul uses repeatedly to highlight the seismic identity shift that happens when we become Christians). Do you see how intimately connected you are with Jesus Christ even in a week filled with deep disappointment and discouragement?

Just consider some of the truly astounding things God says about his people (including you and me) in Scripture, descriptions that flesh out this God-bestowed designation of saint:

  • We are image-bearers of the one and true living God with a noble task to steward the earth for our great Creator-King (Gen 1:26–28)—not rugged individualists scheming to make our own way in a hostile world.
  • We are those marked by the very presence of God (Ex 33:16; Rom 8:15)—not isolated and utterly alone.
  • We are the apple of his eye (Ps 17:8)—not overlooked or despised.
  • We are sanctified and justified in Christ Jesus (1 Cor 1:2; 6:11)—not condemned and standing in line for the executioner.
  • We are chosen, redeemed, forgiven children of God in Christ, who have been given the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:3–14)—not left unchosen and unloved on the playground of life.
  • We are adopted as God’s children and named fellow heirs with Jesus, and like him, we have the privilege of crying out to our Abba (Rom 8:15–17; Gal 4:4–7)—not abandoned orphans left to fend for ourselves
  • We are brothers and sisters of Jesus (Heb 2:11–12)—not strangers or mere acquaintances.
  • We are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession” (1 Pet 2:9)—not disqualified or useless for his kingdom purposes.

Let the dew of these words soak into your dried and cracked soul! I know it’s tempting to just wearily nod your head and say, “Yeah, yeah, I know that.” But ask God to wrestle these realities into your life. I find I have to regularly beseech God to wash my soul afresh with these truths since I am so prone to identity amnesia.

A wise pastor once said to me in my own suffering and sin-laden discouragement, “Mike, you mistrust the goodness and love of God for you.” And he was so right. I had been experiencing God’s hand in my life as an iron fist in a velvet glove. I needed to lean into the reality of my Father’s benediction for me in Christ. His banner over me—his proclamation of my status because of Jesus’ atoning work—was (and is) love! (Song 2:4). For me, that meant identifying creeping cynicism, unbelief, and self-condemnation, and asking God—through corporate worship, private prayer, and honest conversations with wise friends—to redirect my errant gaze, again and again, into his eyes of love.

Viewing yourself as a saint doesn’t negate the hardships and griefs of this life. Nor does it make obedience easy. But you face affliction with and in Jesus. You battle sin with and in Jesus. Let your status in Christ be the primary lens through which to view your life.

So, in your discouragement today, lift up your eyes and see your gracious King’s unchangeable countenance of love toward you. Bask in his mercy. He cleaves to you with bonds of steel-hard, covenant-tempered grace. He will never let you go. When you’re tempted to experience your chief identity as a sufferer or a sinner, remember that you are most defined by your relationship with Jesus and not by something inherent in yourself or in your world, whether good or bad. In him, you begin and end every day as a beloved saint!

Your friend and fellow saint,
Mike

An Open Letter to a Discouraged Saint — Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

Nightmare: Here Is The Democrats’ Complete Legislative Agenda For The Next 2 Years — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have released a complete list of all their legislative goals for the next 2 years, and it’s worse than we imagined. America may not survive. Brace yourself and read through this confirmed list which we got straight from the Speaker’s office, and may God help us all. 

The Impeach Trump Again Act – New law requiring Trump to be impeached every week for all of eternity. 

The Inclusion and Justice Act – Requires everyone to bake cakes for gay weddings. It will also require everyone to be gay.

The Fairness Act – Will set the minimum wage to whatever Elon Musk makes per hour.

The John Act – New law requiring all men to sit down when they pee.

The Common Sense ‘Don’t Hate Kids’ Act – Will ban assault weapons and also the letter ‘A’ and ‘R’ and the number 15 so they can never be made again, and will confiscate all assault rifles to be melted down to make a statue of Ba’al.

The Greener New Deal – Just like the Green New Deal, but with more Communism. Will instantly enact full Communism across the country.

The Justice Act – Will add all registered Democrats to the Supreme Court, and empower women by creating “The Handmen’s Tale” where all men have to become pregnant and bear children.

The Kindness and Uniformity Act – Everyone’s pronouns must be tattooed to their foreheads. They must also shave their heads and wear only futuristic grey jumpsuits.

The Nutrition Act – Will limit each family to only one loaf of bread per week. Cannibalism now legal as long as you “eat the rich.” All foods must now contain a large dose of birth control.

The Insurrection Act 2 –  Will declare all unborn babies to be enemies of the state.

The No More Racist Founding Documents Act –  Will replace The Bill of Rights with The Bill of Lefts. Will also draft a new Declaration of Dependence.

The Hurt God Act – Legislation to try and hurt God. Trump tried to warn us. 

The Omnibus Bill – Congressional raises, 100 Billion for Iran to make nuclear missiles, printing more money, and a new law requiring all children’s cartoons to have at least 382 gay characters.

The Democrats must be stopped! We would try to stop them, but all the voting machines are rigged so there’s not much use in that. We heard Trump has something up his sleeve though, so that looks promising. 

Nightmare: Here Is The Democrats’ Complete Legislative Agenda For The Next 2 Years — The Babylon Bee

A Nation Pursuing a Path of Socialism — VCY America

Date:  January 14, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
​Guest: William Federer 
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to force the vice-president to unconstitutionally use the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump.  When that didn’t work, with no hearing and limited debate, she rushed to have the president impeached for a second time.

What does the 25th Amendment say?  What was its purpose?  What about the efforts of social media to silence the president with some sites even banning patriotic merchandise?  What about the attempts to blacklist those who’ve worked in the Trump administration? 

Could it be that the gates are now officially opened to fulfill the socialist dreams of people like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer?  

Looking at these and other related thoughts and issues was William Federer.  William is a nationally known speaker, historian, author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage.  He’s the speaker on The American Minutedaily broadcast.  He has authored numerous books including, America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of QuotationsWho is the King in America? and Socialism: The Real History From Plato to the Present in which he analyzes how the Deep State capitalizes on crises to consolidate control.

Jim kicked things off by quoting from an important ‘tweet’ that was sent out May 16th of 2017.  It was sent by Nancy Pelosi and indicated that she believed the election was hijacked and that it is the duty of Congress to protect our democracy.  She was objecting to Donald Trump becoming president of the United States and since that time she’s done everything possible to discredit him and have him removed from office.

William believes what we’re seeing is a vindictive response from the ‘left’ that has hated not only President Trump, but those who support him.  He also feels that they will come after such supporters as well if they get away with this.

On this broadcast William sifts through the various political/psychological tactics that are being used by the ‘left,’ showing how history may be repeating itself as he ties these tactics to important people/moments of the past.

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A Nation Pursuing a Path of Socialism — VCY America

January 14 Evening Quotes of the Day

Controversies Stopped by a Vision of Heaven
1 Corinthians 1:10–13; 3:1–4; 2 Timothy 2:23–26; Titus 3:9; Jude 19

If we saw God, and heaven, and hell before us, do you think it would not effectually reconcile our differences, and heal our unbrotherly exasperations and divisions? Would it not hold the hands that itch to be using violence against those that are not in all things of their minds? What abundance of vain controversies would it reconcile! As the coming in of the master does part the fray among the schoolboys, so the sight of God would frighten us from contentious or uncharitable violence.

RICHARD BAXTER

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

No Flatterer Like Oneself
Psalm 12:1–3; 36:2; Proverbs 27:6; 28:23; Jude 16

There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend gives, and that a man gives himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man’s self; and there is no such remedy against flattery of a man’s self as the liberty of a friend.

FRANCIS BACON

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

January 14 Evening Verse of the Day

14:23 our home. As the Holy Spirit indwells the believer, so also the Father and the Son (Rom. 8:9–11; Rev. 3:20).[1]


14:23 Home (Gk. monē, “room, dwelling place”) is the same word used in a different context in v. 2. Just as the Father and the Son now make their home with Christians in this age, Jesus is preparing for them a place in heaven where they will one day live with God (vv. 2–3). On the theme of God’s dwelling among his people, see note on 1:14.[2]


14:23 — “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

We obey Jesus not by gritting our teeth and doing what we hate, but by depending on His power to enable us to do what our love for Him compels us to do. Willing obedience leads to an intimate relationship.[3]


14:23 loves Me … keep My word: In response to Judas’s question (v. 22), Jesus explained that His manifestation to the disciples would be in response to their love and obedience. make Our home with him: If a believer loves and obeys the Lord, he or she will experience fellowship with God.[4]


14:23 If a person truly loves the Lord, he will want to keep all of His teachings, not just isolated commandments. The Father loves those who are willing to obey His Son without questions or reservations. Both Father and Son are especially near to such loving and obedient hearts.[5]


23. Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him.

For the meaning of the first part of this conditional sentence see on verse 15. There the plural was used; here the singular. The form of the sentence and the use of the singular emphasizes the responsibility of each disciple to ask himself whether he personally loves Jesus. The term my word here in verse 23 is explained by my precepts in verse 15.

Such love, having Jesus as its object, receives a rich reward: “My Father (note my, and see on 1:14) will love him,” etc. The question, “Which love is first?” has been answered in connection with verse 21b. Note that the active expression “and my Father will love him,” corresponds to the passive “he will be loved of my Father” in verse 21; hence, see also on that verse.

And we will come to him and make our home with him. In the Spirit (see preceding context) both the Father and the Son will come to (πρός, face to face with; see on 1:1) the one who loves the Lord, and will make their home with (παρά: by the side of) him.

This presence is very real. Its operation can be felt. The Spirit will convict of sin, lead to daily repentance, impart assurance of salvation, bestow the peace of God that passes all understanding, admonish, comfort; all of this in connection with the Word. It is in that way that Christ has promised to manifest himself to the disciples, but not to the world (see on 14:21, 22).

The clause, “and make our home with him,” (home is μονή; see on 14:2) indicates a very close and intimate relationship. Father and Son, in and through the Spirit, are ever by the side of (παρά) those who love their Lord, ready to comfort, ready to cheer, ready to extend any and all necessary help.

That the promise of this coming, though primarily referring to Pentecost and the present dispensation, receives its ultimate fulfilment at Christ’s return and in the new heaven and earth has been shown (see on 14:18).[6]


23. And my Father will love him. We have already explained that the love of God to us is not placed in the second rank, as if it came after our piety as the cause of that love, but that believers may be fully convinced that the obedience which they render to the Gospel is pleasing to God, and that they may continually expect from him fresh additions of gifts.

And we will come to him who loveth me; that is, he will feel that the grace of God dwelleth in him, and will every day receive additions to the gifts of God, He therefore speaks, not of that eternal love with which he loved us, before we were born, and even before the world was created, but since the time when he seals it on our hearts by making us partakers of his adoption. Nor does he even mean the first illumination, but those degrees of faith by which believers must continually advance, according to that saying, Whosoever hath, it shall he given to him, (Matth. 13:12.)

The Papists therefore are wrong in inferring from this passage that there are two kinds of love with which we love God. They falsely maintain that we naturally love God, before he regenerates us by his Spirit, and even that by this preparation we merit the grace of regeneration; as if Scripture did not everywhere teach, and as if experience also did not loudly proclaim, that we are altogether alienated from God, and that we are infected and filled with hatred of him, until he change our hearts. We must therefore keep in view the design of Christ, that he and the Father will come, to confirm believers, in uninterrupted confidence in his grace.[7]


A resident guest who comforts the lonely (v. 23)

The word translated ‘home’ is the same Greek word that is used at the beginning of the chapter when Jesus says, ‘In my Father’s house are many rooms’ (v. 2). The picture is developing. Jesus said that through his death and resurrection he was making it possible for his followers to be the permanent guests in his eternal home. But before they got there, the triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—would come and be a resident guest in their lives.[8]


23 For the time being Jesus contents himself with a kind of non-answer: “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and we will make a dwelling right beside him” (v. 23). For the most part, he merely repeats the very thing he said that provoked the question in the first place (see v. 21), adding only that when he “comes” (v. 18) and “reveals himself” (v. 21), he will not come alone, but the Father will come with him. “We will come,” he promises, and “we will make a dwelling right beside him.” The imagery of “many dwellings” in a “place” prepared for the disciples “in the Father’s house” (v. 2) is here reversed, as the Father himself comes with Jesus to make his own “dwelling” alongside the believer. Startling as the addition sounds, it does not speak to Judas’s question. It has no bearing on why the revelation is only to the disciples and not to the world. It is simply a corollary of what Jesus has said already: that “I am in the Father, and the Father in me” (v. 11), and “I am in my Father, and you in me and I in you” (v. 20). If there is such a thing as indwelling, then when Jesus comes the Father comes, and if Jesus is “in” the disciples or “beside” them, so too is the Father.[9]


23 The answer to Judas’s question is love. As in verses 15 and 21, Jesus insists that love to him will be expressed in deeds. Anyone who truly loves Jesus will keep his word (cf. 8:51; 17:6). This leads to the further thoughts that the Father will love that person and that both the Father and the Son will come to make their home with him or her.66 “Home” will have its full force. Jesus is not speaking of a temporary place of lodging, but of a permanent dwelling. Elsewhere we read that God is love, that no one has ever seen God, and that if anyone abides in love that person abides in God (1 John 4:12, 16). The thought here is akin to that. John is not thinking of the second coming, nor of the postresurrection appearances, but of that state of believers in which they experience the immediate presence of the Deity.[10]


23 Jesus gives no direct answer to Judas’s question but encourages him to understand the promise in terms of the abiding presence of the Father and Son in the life of the obedient believer. Once again, he joins love and obedience (cf. vv. 15, 21). The reward for those whose love is real and therefore issues in obedience is, “My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” (monē, “home,” GK 3665, occurs only here and in v. 2 in the NT). The reality of God’s presence in the daily experience of those who truly believe cannot be emphasized too strongly. While eternal life is life without end, it is (perhaps even more important) a quality of life that stems from the presence of the Eternal One. The Pauline mystery, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27), is firmly based in Jesus’ teaching of the indwelling of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.[11]


[1] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1541). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[2] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2053). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[3] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Jn 14:23). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1347). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1548). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to John (Vol. 2, pp. 283–284). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[7] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Gospel according to John (Vol. 2, pp. 98–99). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[8] Paterson, A. (2010). Opening Up John’s Gospel (pp. 124–125). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[9] Michaels, J. R. (2010). The Gospel of John (pp. 789–790). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[10] Morris, L. (1995). The Gospel according to John (p. 581). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[11] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 568). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

January 14 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

Jesus’ Death a Victory Against Death
1 Corinthians 15:54–55; Ephesians 2:14–16; Colossians 2:13–15; Philippians 2:8–9

He accepted on the cross and endured a death inflicted by others, and above all by His enemies, which they thought dreadful and humiliating and not to be faced; so that this also being destroyed, both He Himself might be believed to be the Life, and the power of death be brought utterly to nothing. So something surprising and startling has happened; for the death that they thought to inflict as a disgrace was actually a monument of victory against death itself.

ATHANASIUS OF ALEXANDRIA

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

What Sincerity of Devotion Means
2 Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 2:7

We ought to offer incense to the Lord, by the sincerity of devotion. Now, the sincerity of devotion consists in this: that we willingly pray, and willingly think of God, and willingly frequent the churches to hear the divine office; willingly also lend our ears to the Word of God.

ALBERTUS MAGNUS

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

January 14 Afternoon Verse of the Day

13:34 A new commandment. There is nothing new about the command to love, since Lev. 19:18 teaches to “love your neighbor as yourself.” The new element is the change from “neighbor” to “one another” and the change from “as yourself” to “as I have loved you.” Christian love has Christ’s sacrificial love as its model, and the community of believers as the primary (though by no means exclusive) place in which it is expressed (cf. Matt. 25:40; Gal. 6:10; Eph. 5:25). See “Love” at 1 Cor. 13:13.[1]


13:34 just as I have loved you Jesus inserts this phrase into the commandment from Lev 19:18. The new part of the commandment is that Jesus’ disciples are instructed to love other people the way Jesus loved them—serving them like a slave would, as He does in this scene, even to the point of laying down their lives for others.[2]


13:34 The command to love was new because Jesus gave it a new standard. Moses said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18). Jesus said the new standard was as I have loved you. Jesus gave His disciples the example of love that they were to follow (vv. 1–17).[3]


13:34 During His absence, they were to be governed by the commandment of love. This commandment was not new in point of time because the Ten Commandments taught love to God and to one’s neighbor. But this commandment was new in other ways. It was new because the Holy Spirit would empower believers to obey it. It was new in that it was superior to the old. The old said, “Love your neighbor,” but the new said, “Love your enemies.”

It has been well said that the law of love to others is now explained with new clarity, enforced by new motives and obligations, illustrated by a new example, and obeyed in a new way.

Also it was new, as explained in the verse, because it called for a higher degree of love: “As I have loved you, that you also love one another.”[4]


13:34 “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another” “To love one another” was not a new commandment (cf. Luke 19:18). What was new was that believers were to love each other as Jesus loved them (cf. 15:12, 17; 1 John 2:7–8; 3:11, 16, 23; 4:7–8, 10–12, 19–20; 2 John 5).

The gospel is a person to be welcomed, a body of truths to be believed, and a life to be lived (cf. 14:15, 21, 23; 15:10, 12; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 5, 6; Luke 6:46). The gospel is received, believed, and lived out!

I like Bruce Corley’s statement in his article “Biblical Theology of the New Testament” in the hermeneutics book Foundations For Biblical Interpretation: “Christ’s people are characterized by the ethic of love, whereby the ‘is-ness’ of grace is linked to the ‘ought-ness’ of love through the work of the Spirit (cf. Gal. 5:6, 25; 6:2; James 3:17–18; John 13:34–35; 1 John 4:7)” (p. 562).[5]


34. A new precept I give you, that you keep on loving one another; just as I have loved you, that you also keep on loving one another.

In the Fourth Gospel the term which we have translated precept here (ἐντολή) is used in three connections; as follows,

  1. with respect to a legal commandment or order issued by the Sanhedrin (11:57);
  2. with respect to the charge or instruction given to Jesus by the Father (10:18; 12:49, 50; 14:31);
  3. with respect to the precept given by Jesus to his disciples (13:34; 14:15, 21; 15:10, 12).

Although these three meanings are very closely related, nevertheless, it is probably best to distinguish among them. A legal commandment or order is issued by men who may or may not have a warm, personal interest in those who are required to obey it. There is certainly no evidence to show that the Sanhedrin was filled with affection for the people! When used in that sense the word has the flavor of that which is outward, official, and codified. The charge or instruction given by the Father to the Son is the direction which the Sender in his love gives to the Sent, in complete harmony with the eternal plan on which they have agreed. The precept is a rule, made by Jesus and illustrated by his own example, for the regulation of the conduct and inner attitude of the disciples, toward Christ, one another, and the world. Although we do not object to the popular term the new commandment, and use it ourselves, yet here in verse 34 the word is employed in the sense of precept. Both the charge and the precept spring from love; hence, when necessity demands (to show that the same term is used in the original in both clauses of a sentence), either term can be used to cover both ideas (as in 15:10). The precept here given is new (καινή, not νέα). It is characterized by the freshness and the beauty of the dawn. It is altogether desirable.

It is true, indeed, that the commandment which required love for the neighbor, for “the children of thy people,” is found already in the Old Testament (Lev. 19:18; Prov. 20:22; 24:29). In fact, love for God and for the neighbor is the summary of the law (Mark 12:29, 31). But the newness of the precept here promulgated is evident from the fact that Jesus requires that his disciples shall love one another as he loved them! His example of constant (note: keep on loving), self-sacrificing love (think of his incarnation, earthly ministry, death on the cross) must be the pattern for their attitude and relation toward one another. Because voluntary obedience to this precept is of paramount importance for the spiritual welfare of the disciples (and, in fact, of the entire Church), and because his own heart is filled with love, Jesus repeats this precept.[6]


Ver. 34. A new commandment I give unto you.

The new commandment:

  1. Why is this called new? 1. Negatively. Not as if it was not enjoined before (1 John 2:7; 2 John 5; Levit. 19:18). 2. Positively. (1) Newly freed from the false glosses of the Jews (Matt. 5:43–44). (2) Newly infused into the heart as well as commanded. (3) Christ adds a new authority to it, and a new obligation on us. (4) Because it is so excellent (Psa. 32:3). (5) It is to be performed according to a new pattern, viz., Christ’s love to us.
  2. By what power does Christ lay His commands upon us? 1. As God (chap. 20:28). 2. As King and head of the Church (Matt. 28:18).

III. What love is it we should have to one another? 1. Pray for one another (1 Tim. 2:1). 2. Forgive one another (Matt. 6:14). 3. Help one another. (1) In temporals (Matt. 7:11). (2) In spirituals (Levit. 19:17). 4. Sympathize with one another. (1) In prosperity (Rom. 12:15). (2) In adversity. 5. Relieve one another’s necessities. (1) In obedience to God (1 John 3:17). (2) Proportionably to our estates (1 Cor. 16:2). (3) Humbly, not thinking to merit thereby (Luke 17:10).

  1. How is Christ’s love to us to be a pattern for our love? 1. Negatively. (1) Not that we can suffer so much for others as He has done for us. (2) Nor do so much; for He has obtained the pardon of our sins (1 John 2:2); peace with God (Rom. 5:1); heaven (chap. 14:2). 2. Positively. (1) Our love must proceed from the same principles. (a) Obedience. (b) Compassion. (2) In the same manner. (a) Readily (Tit. 3:1; Psa. 40:7, 8). (b) Sincerely.—(c) Effectually, in deeds as well as words (1 John 4:18). (d) Humbly, thinking nothing too low for us to do for others (Philip. 2:6–8). (e) Constantly (ver. 1). (3) To the same objects, His enemies (Rom. 5:8–10). (4) To the same ends. (a) God’s glory (chap. 17:4; 1 Cor. 10:31). (b) Others good (Acts 10:38).
  2. Use. Consider—1. Unless you love others you have no love for God (1 John 3:17). 2. It is the fulfilling of all the law (Rom. 13:9). 3. No duty is accepted without it (1 Cor. 13:1–3). 4. It is the badge of a Christian (ver. 35). 5. It is an everlasting grace (1 Cor. 13:8, 13). 6. Christ will judge us according to this command (Matt. 25:45). (Bp. Beveridge.)

The new commandment:—It is new, because—

  1. Founded on a new relation. 1. Our relation to Christ. We are united to Him by faith, and receive from Him, as the branches from the vine, the life by which we live. 2. This new relation to Christ involves a new relation with each other. We are brethren, members of one family—“As many as received Him,” &c. 3. On this new relation the new commandment is based. As the relationship of nature gives rise to natural affection, so this spiritual one begets love in accordance with itself. It is more than philanthropy, patriotism, party attachment, friendship, &c. It is love to those who love Christ and are beloved by Him: love to the Elder Brother in His brethren and ours.
  2. Presented in a new form—“As I have loved you.” It must be the same in kind, although in a lesser degree; just as a drop from the ocean, or a ray from the sun, is the same as the fulness from which it comes. These conversations exhibit several characteristics which we ought to imitate. 1. Tender consideration for each others’ needs. He thought of them more than He thought of Himself. 2. Humble ministration to the welfare of the brethren (vers. 4, 5). Christ’s was not a sentimental, but a practical love. 3. Self-sacrifice for our sakes. “He gave Himself,” not merely certain blessings, and not merely to teach and minister, but to die. “Greater love hath no man than this.” “We ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”

III. Enforced by a new power. It is in this respect that the new covenant differs so widely from the old. The law enjoined the duty of loving our neighbour; but it had not sufficient motive power to carry the commandment into effect. Hence it remained a dead letter, and spoke only to condemn. But the new commandment is “The Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” and its word is with power. It is attended by the constraining influence of the Saviour’s love. “We have not received the Spirit of fear,” &c. As we contemplate this “great love,” we become the subjects of a new emotion of admiration and gratitude. Above all, His Spirit writes the new commandment on the fleshy tables of our hearts.

  1. Designed for a new purpose (ver. 35). It is not only a law to be fulfilled; but its fulfilment is a distinction and evidence of our relation to Christ. 1. A peculiar distinction. Of old time, discipleship was known by dress, language, meat, and drinks, creeds, &c.; but our Lord declares that the distinct mark of His disciples shall be, beyond everything else, love like His own. 2. A certain distinction. For what is there more directly opposed to the sinfulness of the human heart? And what is the saving change, but one from selfishness to love? “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because,” &c. 3. An influential distinction. For wherever it exists, men cannot but recognize us, and Christ in us, and be attracted to His love and service. (B. Dale, M.A.)

The new commandment:—We all know the Ten Commandments, is there another besides? Yes, says—

  1. The world. “Thou shalt not be found out in breaking any of the ten.” It acknowledges their excellence, breaks them, and strives to conceal that it has done so, wishing above all things to escape detection. This is the object which the bad part of the world pursues with all its cleverness and energy.
  2. The Church. It is remarkable that in the version of the Ten Commandments by the oldest of existing sects, the Samaritans, this is added, “Thou shalt build an altar on Mount Gerizim, and there thou shalt worship.” And for commandments such as this, half the energies of Christendom have been spent, and spent in vain.

III. Christ. “Love one another.” We can imagine the surprise of the apostles, “What! are not the ten enough, or the two; may we not rest and be thankful in these?” True in these are the substance of all duty; but there is a craving in the human heart for something beyond mere duty, for a commandment which should be at once old and new—new with all the varying circumstances of time and thought and feeling, and which should give a new, fresh, undying impulse to its ten elder sisters. The ten older commandments were written on blocks of stone, as if to teach us that all great and good works were like that primæval granite of Sinai, more solid and enduring than all the other strata, cutting across all the secondary and artificial distinctions of mankind. As that granite block itself had been fused and wrought together by the central fire, so the Christian law of duty, in order to fully perform its work in the world, must have been warmed and fed at the source of a central fire of its own—love of God and love of man. And that central fire itself is kept alive by the consciousness that there has been in the world a love above all other love—the love of Christ. Learn the importance—1. Of personal kindness. 2. Systematic beneficence. 3. Making the most and the best of everyone. (Dean Stanley.)

The new commandment:—It is new because love—

  1. Renews us.
  2. Makes us new creatures.

III. Makes us heirs of a new covenant.

  1. Enables us to sing a new song. (Bp. Christ. Wordsworth.)

The new commandment:—What are Christ’s parting instructions to His Church? How are His followers to vanquish all the banded opposition of the world? Does He counsel them to amass wealth? to secure high offices? to acquire learning? to equip fleets and armies? to employ craft and intrigue? No, the first disciples were poor, destitute of learning, humble and despised, nor did they ever kill or wound a single human being. The power with which the Redeemer arms His Church is love.

  1. The commandment. 1. Love is the only badge by which the Church of Christ is known (ver. 35). Armies have their banners, and families their heraldry. In the days of Christ, Jews and Gentiles had their emblems—different sects and schools being distinguished by symbols and mottoes. At this day, churches called Christian glory in names, titles, orders, and parade. But there is only one badge of the true Church which will be recognized and honoured by “all men.” “The banner over us is love.” 2. Love is the only law by which a Church of Christ is to be governed. Church government!—how much pride, prejudice, ambition, selfishness, cruelty, have been sanctified by this phrase. A king dabbling with astronomy once said, Had I been present when God arranged the solar system, I could have made some important suggestions. So vain men have thought as to the Saviour’s regulation of His Church, and they have sought to improve His system. As in the natural world the Creator secures order without monotony, by forming each particle of matter with its own peculiar properties, and throwing around all substances the law of gravitation; so in the Church, there are many members and diversities of gifts, &c., but the law of love binds all into one harmonious whole. If love reign in a church, it will almost supersede discipline. 3. When from the internal administration of the Church we turn to its outward enterprise, we find a mission entirely of love. It is this which makes the gospel the religion suited to all climes and ages. 4. It is love which is to secure the perpetuity, and final and universal triumph of the Church. Force, stratagem, heredity, prescriptive authority, are the foundations of earthly kingdoms. Christ founded His empire on love. 5. Love is the glory, the happiness, the perfection of the Church of Christ. It is greater than faith and hope, because it comprehends them both; for it “hopeth all things, believeth all things.” We every day see loving hearts hoping against hope, and trusting in spite of the basest perfidiousness. Love, indeed, is the crowning flower in which all the Christian graces will expand and bloom in eternity. The highest heaven knows nothing more exalted and blessed than love.
  2. In what sense is it new. 1. In the new principle to which it appeals. It is not attachment to a human being for his natural excellencies, but complacency in the image of God reflected by him. “Every one that loveth him that begat, loveth him also that is begotten of him.” 2. In its extent—embracing all who are the children of God. All other ties and relations are subordinated to this religion—this new spiritual affinity which rebinds us to Christ and to each other. Separated from God, men are walled off from each other by selfish and hostile distinctions. To repair these unnatural breaches, the “Son of God” became the “Son of man,” that He might attract us all to God, and unite us all to one another by new and heavenly ties. 3. Its spirituality. It is love not only for the bodies, but for the souls of our brethren. How few really and practically recognize the soul. In Christ’s teachings the soul is everything. He heeded neither the trappings of the prince nor the rags of the beggar. Beneath all, through all, He saw a soul whose dignity and worth transcend finite thought. The only charge which His enemies could ever prove against Him was, “This man receiveth sinners.” And, catching His spirit, what a new passion inflamed the souls of His disciples. 4. Its comprehensiveness; for it embraces and renders superfluous all other commands.

III. The example by which it is enforced—“As I have loved you.” A love—1. How attentive! as considerate and assiduous as the love of a woman. 2. How confiding! “Having loved His own, which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.” Often had they been faithless. Yet He trusts them, opens His whole heart to them, and commits His cause to their keeping. 3. How condescending! Stooping to the most menial office of kindness and hospitality (vers. 4, 5). 4. How compassionate! He not only pronounces every sin, however aggravated, pardonable, if only against Himself, but He is ingenious in finding apologies for all the weaknesses, even for the baseness and treachery, of those whom He had trusted. 5. How disinterested! He entirely forgets Himself when His friends are in sorrow or danger. (R. Fuller, D.D.)

The new commandment:—These words fall strangely on our ears. A commandment to love! We have placed law and love in contrast, and have imagined affection to be below our reach. Yet Jesus enforces love. We are, therefore, reminded that love is within our own reach. Christ lays it upon us not as an ideal which we may admire, and which may exert some kind of influence on us, nor as a standard which we may attain to in heaven; but as a commandment. In what sense can it be called a new commandment? Surely in the old dispensation God commanded love. The newness of the law may be found in the prominent position which is given to it, and the standard set before us. The first fruit of the Spirit named in the list of graces is love. Christ especially singles out this affection as being illustrative of His own character, and giving most effectual testimony to Him.

  1. In what form may this new commandment be fulfilled?—“As I have loved on you.” Study the love of Christ. His love showed itself—1. In a generous appreciation of the characters of those around Him. In that little group there existed the utmost differences. You find a publican like Matthew, a man with very dim perceptions like Philip; a determined and resolute doubter like Thomas; a boastful man like Peter, &c. These are men from whom we should be inclined to shrink, but Christ could appreciate them all. Be quick, like Christ, to see virtues, and slow to see faults. Generous appreciation will encourage public men to hold their position. It will encourage men of worth, who are retiring in disposition, to come to the front and bear their share of public duty. Unkind criticism will keep in the background men who can best serve the Church and commonwealth. This generous appreciation is a wonderful force to elevate society. Suspicion has a tendency to create what it suspects. If you suspect a lad of untruthfulness, you are tempting him to falsehood. If high estimates are formed of us by others, we are encouraged to rise to the estimate. 2. In patient endurance! “When reviled He reviled not again.” We are to forbear one another and to forgive one another, even as God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven us. If we are doing good work we cannot afford to be turned aside by any unkindness. God has overcome our evil with His good, and turned the hostile forces of our nature into helpful influences for His purposes. Thus seek to conquer the evil which you have to endure by good. It is the noblest of all triumphs. 3. In unselfish service. (1) In little deeds of kindness, of which sometimes the recipients shall know nothing, but which shall bring some fresh gladness and hope into their lives. (2) In words. What did God give you the power of speech for? Is it to hide your feelings? Love will die like a smothered fire if you give it no expression. (3) In looks. If your face is dull, sad, cross, to the extent of your influence you are saddening all that come within your circle.
  2. What will be the result of such Christ-like love? 1. That you can sympathise with God. On many sides of the Divine nature you cannot sympathise with Him. (1) With His mighty power, for you have not an arm like His. (2) With Divine wisdom. (3) With burning purity. (4) But you can sympathise with His love. You can feel for men as God feels for them. 2. That you will show your union with Christ (ver. 35). No Christian grace exercises so much influence on the thoughts of men. They are not able to appreciate Christian holiness, prayerfulness, zeal; but Christ-like love they can. 3. Such love will gladden your own life as well as the lives of others. There is perhaps no joy greater than that of loving. The bliss of the blessed God lies chiefly in His loving heart. (C. B. Symes, B.A.)

The new commandment:—It was new because He had only then come to explain it; it was new because it could not have been conceived before His life exhibited its meaning; it was new because the love which He showed was something altogether beyond the power of man to have imagined for himself; and as in science we reckon him to be the discoverer of a new law, who rises above the guesses and glimpses of His predecessors, and establishes upon new ground, and in a manner which can never afterwards be questioned, some great principle which had been perhaps partly conceived before, so I think we may say, that the law of brotherly love, as illustrated by the example of the Lord, which stamps the great principle of selfishness as a vile and execrable principle, might be truly described as a new commandment which Christ gave to His disciples. (Bp. H. Goodwin.)

The new commandment and the old:—Christ is our Lawgiver as well as our Saviour. And He made obedience to His laws the test and the manifestation of love to Him (chap. 14:15). The Church of Christ is in fact the spiritual Israel. Israel according to the flesh had their laws fitted for their place in God’s purposes; we have ours adapted to our position also. And we may well be thankful when we compare the two codes together. Theirs, as necessary in a state of imperfection and bondage, was cumbrous and intricate. Of all the commands of the old law, none remain for us, but those which are based on the nature of God, and His attributes. And our new commandment comes to us, not sanctioned by lightnings and thunderings, &c.—but from the dying lips of our dearest Friend; it is prefaced by His deed of deep humiliation, is embosomed in His words of consolation and peace—is enforced by His own constraining example. A new commandment. And what is it which we are to hear from the lips of Divine wisdom, after such an announcement? Long had the world disobeyed His law written in the conscience; and then He defined that law, and wrote it on tables of stone, and set apart a people for Himself, among whom it might be observed. But that people had rejected Him, and disobeyed His laws. And now, what new commandment will He promulgate to His rebellious world? What, to the Gentile, sunk in moral degradation—what to the Jew, mocking Him with empty hypocrisy? Shall it not surpass in strictness and in terror all that have gone before? Shall it not be such as to awe the passions into submission to awaken the conscience into energy, to drive the sinner to repentance or to his doom? Nay! Can He, who invited to Him the weary and heavy laden, speak aught but words of gentleness and comfort? Had God’s new revelation of His will been an increase in severity, would this Messenger have been sent to make it? A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another. (Dean Alford.)

Christ’s law of love:—Look for a moment, by way of recall, at three or four characteristics of that love which Christ showed to His disciples. In the first place, love was the principle of His life. Some men are like Western farmers who have their one hundred and sixty acres, and put one hundred and fifty-nine and a half acres in hay and grain and grass for the cattle, and half an acre around the door is a garden and grass-plot, and a fraction of that the wife cultivates in flowers. So men give the larger part of their life to self or justice or righteousness or fair-dealing, and they cultivate a little plot with flowers which they call love (and generally they are very like the Western farmers in that they leave the wife to raise all the flowers). Now, love was not thus a mere incident of Christ’s life. It was the essence of His life. He lived for love. Love was the inspiration of His life. It was a wise love, not a mere sentiment, not a mere blind enthusiasm. It was well considered. He measured men and adapted His gifts to their capacities. Christ’s love was not either a mere sentimental love. It was not a love that cannot bear to look upon suffering, or that intervenes to stop all suffering. It was not a love that could not rebuke and reprove. There was flash in the eyes of His love, and there was thunder, sometimes, in the tones of His love. He loved, too, with infinite patience and long-suffering. He loved not only with benevolence—that is, well-wishing to all men, and with pity—that is, with love to those that are in suffering, but with mercy—that is, love to those who do not deserve love. He loved when love and conscience seemed to antagonize each other. Impossible! do you say? Well, then, let us say frankly it is impossible to be a Christian. Impossible? Then impossible to follow Christ. Not human nature? No, it is not human nature. It is Divine nature: and that is the very object of Christianity—to confer upon all who will be the disciples of Christ a Divine nature, not a mere human nature; that they may be lifted up out of the plane of the human, and walk in the plane and atmosphere of the Divine ever more. (Lyman Abbott, D.D.) The new commandment of love to one another:—The commandment of love issued appropriately at the Feast of Love, and not long before the great Act of Love. For the love of Christ was no fine saying; it cost Him His life to say these words. It is difficult to grasp the meaning of this command, arising from the fact that words change their meaning. Love is, by conventional usage, appropriated to one species of human affection, which, in the commoner men, is most selfish. Nor is charity a perfect symbol of His meaning; for that is now identified with almsgiving. Benevolence or philanthropy, in derivation, come nearer to the idea; but yet you feel at once that these words are too tame and cold. We have no sufficient word. “As I have loved you:” that alone expounds it. Take—

  1. The novelty of the law—1. As a historical fact. Men before that had travelled, but the spectacle of a Paul crossing oceans not to conquer kingdoms, to hive up knowledge, to accumulate stores for self, but to give and to spend himself—was new in the history of the world. The celestial fire had touched the hearts of men and their hearts flamed; and it caught, and spread, and would not stop. Read the account given by Tertullian of the marvellous rapidity with which the Christians increased, and you are reminded of one of those vast armies of ants which move across a country in irresistible myriads, drowned by thousands in rivers, cut off by fire, consumed by men and beast, and yet fresh hordes succeeding interminably to supply their place. A new voice was heard; man longing to burst the false distinctions which had kept the best hearts from each other so long. And all this from Judæa—the narrowest, most intolerant nation on the face of the earth. 2. In extent. It was in literal words, an old Commandment, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” But the difference lay in extent in which the words were understood. By “neighbour,” the Jew meant his countrymen; so that the rabbinical gloss was, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy.” And what the Gentile understood by the extent of the law of love, we may learn from their best and wisest, who thanked heaven that he was born a man, and not a brute—a Greek, and not a barbarian. But Christ said, “Love your enemies.” And as a specimen of a neighbour he specially selected one of that nation whom every Jew had been taught to hate. And just as the application of electricity to the innumerable wants of human life and to new ends is reckoned a new discovery (though the fact has been familiar to the Indian child and applied for ages to his childish sports), so the extension of this grand principle of Love to all the possible cases and persons—even though the principle was applied long before in love to friends, country, and relations—is truly and properly “a new commandment.” 3. In being made the central principle of a system. Never had obedience before been trusted to a principle, it had always been hedged round by a law. Now it was reserved for One to pierce down into the springs of human action, and to proclaim the simplicity of its machinery. “Love,” said the apostle after Him—“Love is the fulfilling of the law.” I may abstain from murder and theft, deterred by law and its penalties. But I may also rise into the Spirit of Charity; then I am free from the law; the law no more binds me, now that I love my neighbour, than the dyke built to keep in the sea at high tide restrains it when that sea has sunk to low watermark.
  2. The spirit or measure of the law—“As I have loved you.” Broadly, the love of Christ was the spirit of giving all He had to give—“Greater love hath no man than this,” &c. “He saved others; Himself He cannot save.” These words, meant as taunt, were really the noblest panegyric. How could He, having saved others? How can any keep what he gives? Love gives itself. The mother spends herself in giving life to her child; the soldier dies for his country; nay, even the artist produces nothing that will live, except so far as he has merged his very being in his work. That spirit of self-giving manifests itself in—1. Considerate kindness. Take three cases. (1) When He fed the people with bread, there was a tenderness which, not absorbed in His own great designs, provided for the satisfaction of the lowest wants. (2) “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest awhile.” He did not grudge from duty the interval of relaxation. (3) “Woman, behold thy son!” In that hour of death-torture, He could think of her desolate state when He was gone, and with delicate, thoughtful attention provide for her well-being. There are people who would do great acts; but because they wait for great opportunities, life passes and the acts of love are not done at all. Observe, this considerateness of Christ was shown in little things. And life is made up of infinitesimals. And these trifles prepared for larger deeds. The one who will be found in trial capable of great acts of love is ever the one who is always doing considerate small ones. 2. It was never foiled by the unworthiness of those on whom it had once been bestowed. There was everything to shake His trust in humanity. As we mix in life there comes disappointment, and the danger is a reaction of desolating and universal mistrust. The only preservation from this withering of the heart is love. The strength of affection is a proof, not of the worthiness of the object, but of the largeness of the soul which loves. The might of a river depends not on the quality of the soil through which it passes, but on the inexhaustibleness and depth of the spring from which it proceeds. The greater minds cleave to the smaller with more force than the other to it. Love trusts on—expects better things. And more, it is this trusting love that makes men what they are trusted to be, so realizing itself. When the crews of the fleet of Britain knew that they were expected to do their duty, they did their duty. And it is on this principle that Christ wins the hearts of His redeemed. He trusted the doubting Thomas; and Thomas arose with a faith worthy “of his Lord and his God.” He would not suffer even the lie of Peter to shake His conviction that Peter might love him yet; and Peter answered nobly to that sublime forgiveness. Therefore, come what may, hold fast to love. Learn not to love merely, but to love as He loved. (F. W. Robertson, M.A.) Love one another:—A little girl, three or four years old, learned the Bible text, “Love one another.” “What does love one another mean?” asked her next eldest sister, in honest doubt as to the meaning. “Why, I must love you and you must love me; and I’m one and you’re another” was the answer. Who can improve on that? (J. L. Nye.)

The winning power of love:—Alexander the Great, being asked how he had been able at so early an age and in so short a period to conquer such vast regions, and establish so great a name, replied, “I used my enemies so well that I compelled them to be my friends; and I treated my friends with such constant regard that they became unalterably attached to me.”

The victorious power of love:—A lady brought a little ragged orphan girl to her house for a playmate for her three daughters. But the little thing would venture no further than the lobby, where she sat crying as if her heart would break. The lady said to her daughters there was one secret of four letters she thought would win the little one. The eldest girl tried her doll, the second her new muff, but still the little stranger kept on weeping. At length the youngest sister ran into the lobby, sat down beside her, began to weep with her, and then put her arms about her neck and kissed her, till at last she easily got her into the room; and then it was found that the secret was love. (Clerical Library.)

Love the cure for coldness:—One of the common complaints in our day, in Christian societies, is this, “There is no love among us.” Sometimes the complaint is uttered in holy sorrow. But sometimes it only means, “I am not getting my just share of love from others; the place feels cold around me.” If this is what the complaint means, the remedy is that the complainer should love till he warms up the whole neighbourhood. I am to love when I am not loved. I am to love when I am suspected. I am to love when men are trying to discover what selfish feeling moves me, or what my price is. I am to love those who do not care for my love. I am to love even when I have indignation. I am to love as the sun shines—its beams going forth on all sides without asking for an object, and “there is nothing hid from the heat thereof;” the love I show being the love of God in me.

The eleventh commandment:

  1. Its principle. We are to have love like that of Christ. 1. In one sense this is impossible. “Measure the waters in the hollow of thine hand; mete out heaven with a span,” &c.—these are measurable things, but the love of Christ is measureless. To love like Paul—like John—would be a lofty aim, but who can love like Christ? 2. He asks not that our love should equal, but resemble His; not that it should be of the same strength, but of the same kind. A pearl of dew will not hold the sun, but it may hold a sparkle of its light. A child, by the sea, trying to catch the waves, cannot hold the ocean in a tiny shell, but he may hold a drop of the ocean water. “There is an ocean of love in My heart,” says Christ, “let a drop of that ocean be received into yours.” 3. Divine love, therefore, is but another name for that Divine life which animates all the disciples. None need despair of his ability to obey his Lord’s will, for Christ gives the love which He commands, and you need only ask in order to have (Eph. 3:14–19).
  2. The mode of action it prescribes. If we love as Christ loves—1. We shall be ready to love others before they love us. If He had waited until we loved Him, where should we now have been? “Herein is love, not that we loved Him, but that He loved us.” His love explains His death, but what can explain His love? Sublime as it is, our love must acknowledge no lower law. 2. Our love will be a practical thing. Some are in danger of becoming mere religious sentimentalists. They feel much, but do little. They are ready for sympathy, but not for sacrifice. They are the sensitive plants of the Church, and not fruit-bearing trees of righteousness. This fine sensibility, cherished for its own sake, and having no outforce in deeds for the good of others, both weakens the soul and itself. “Abiding alone,” it is but soft effeminacy or weak indulgence; luxury, not love. Christ has not said, “By love feel for one another,” merely; but “By love serve one another.” Let us interpret His law by His life. His love speaks to us through a glorious deed; then our love, like His, must speak through action. His love found expression through a sacrifice; then ours must express itself through sacrifice. His love was displayed when “He bore our griefs, and carried our sorrows;” then, “bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Redemption was His own personal act. Then our love is not to have a mere representative utterance. 3. Our love will be humble. All love is lowly. You often see a loving purpose kept in check by a haughty will, and the ice of pride seal the river of love. You have seen the father and son proudly stand apart. Each yearns to fling himself into the other’s embrace, but pride forbids the younger to confess his fault, and the elder his sorrowful tenderness. But where love lives in its strength it will be stronger than death. It will come down, cast aside state and ceremony, submit to a thousand indignities, stoop to save, and “stand at the door and knock.” If you would know what humility can do, study redeeming love, and though Christ sits enthroned on the riches of the universe His heart is still unchanged. Like the sunshine that falls with magical flicker on pearl and ruby, lance and armour, in the royal hall—yet overflows the shepherd’s home, and quivers through the grating of the prisoner’s cell—floods the noblest scenes with day, yet makes a joy for the insect—so does the Saviour’s love, not deterred by our unworthiness, come down to teach and bless the meanest and the lowliest life in the new creation. 4. Our love must be bountiful. Love can never do enough for its object. When you were lost, “unsearchable riches” were poured forth as the price of your redemption. When you were found, what was the language of the Heart of Hearts? “Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him,” &c. When, therefore, your heart is disposed to give a brother disciple but a scanty and penurious affection remember “Freely ye have received, freely give.” 5. We shall breathe a spirit of gentleness and patience towards the erring or offending members of the Christian brotherhood. The effects flowing from the violation of this principle might fill a library with sad histories. 6. We shall love all the disciples. Christ is not now speaking of His universal love, but of His peculiar and discriminating love to those who have accepted Him, and who are already partakers of His life. He loves them, as you love your child none the less because it is now only learning to read, or just beginning, with many a fall, to totter along alone. He loves all His disciples, and all are His disciples, who, however they differ in other respects, unite in the sentiment, “for us to live is Christ.” 7. Our love will last for ever. Whom He loves He always loves. This is an inference from His nature.

III. Its novelty. It is a new commandment—1. As it enjoins love after a new model. Love had always been commanded, but never before had it been so exemplified. 2. As it is addressed to a peculiar class of God’s subjects, and is a law for the new creation alone. The old commandments were given to the world, this new commandment to the Church. 3. As it arose out of a new necessity, and was intended to be the distinguishing sign of Christ’s disciples. To prevent confusion, and secure a defined place in society, each office and every class has its peculiar sign. “As every lord giveth a certain livery to his servants, charity is the very livery of Christ. Our Saviour, which is the Lord above all lords, would have His servants known by their badge, which is love” (Latimer). 4. As it has a new impressiveness—an affecting power all its own. The old commandments had a power to alarm; this, when truly understood, has a power to subdue; they smote the conscience, this captivates the heart. (C. Stanford, D.D.)

The eleventh commandment:—The little town of Anworth was the home and the pride of that sweet soul, Rutherford, the Covenanter. One Saturday evening, so the story runs, his household were gathered together for their usual cotter’s Saturday night’s devotions, when an alarm was heard at the outer door. A stranger sought admission. He was welcomed with true hospitality, and took his place in the circle of those who were then answering the varied questions in the Catechism. It so chanced that the question, “How many commandments are there?” came to this newcomer, as the one to which he was to make reply, and instantly he answered, “Eleven.” “What!” said Rutherford; “a man so experienced in life as you seem to be, and so educated in the law and the Scripture of God, not to know that there are but ten commandments!” The stranger answered, “ ‘A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another.’ ” Startled by the answer, Rutherford proceeded with his service. The next morning before the hour of service, he walked from his humble manse along that pathway which is still spoken of as “Rutherford’s Walk,” towards the little church. It was early in the day, and he scarcely expected to meet any one in the path; but over in the wood he heard the voice of some one in supplication. The moment he listened he recognized the stranger’s tone. He sought him out, and demanded to know who he was. The stranger answered, “My name is Usher.” He was the Archbishop and Primate of all Ireland. Having heard much of the piety of the Presbyterian Rutherford, he had, in this secret way, sought his society that he might judge for himself. Their hearts flowed together in the common devotion which they both felt toward the Lord Jesus, their Master; and when the hour of service came, together the Covenanter and the prelate walked to the little Anworth church, and Usher of Ireland preached to the Covenanters of Scotland on the new commandment, that “ye love one another.” His presence there, his welcome there, his spirit and his words, were expositions of the truth of that which the Lord gave as the summing up of His own life. (S. H. Tyng, D.D.) Brotherly love (Sermon to Children):—Brotherly love should show itself—I.

In Kindness to each other. Love will have to get outlet. If I do not see brotherly-kindness, I conclude that there is not brotherly-love. 1. There will be kind words. In most families there are many unkind, scolding, fault-finding, angry, irritating, coarse, uncourteous words. Not to speak of kindness, there is sometimes scarcely common civility. There is a rudeness—demanding things of each other—driving each other out of the way, &c., when, if a request were made politely, it would be so much better. I like to see children in a kindly way bidding each other “Good night,” and again, greeting each other when they meet in the morning. All this would change the whole face of many a family circle. Though you may say it is but words, it would soon tell on everything else. And do not tell tales. A “tell-tale” is an ugly character (Lev. 19:16; Prov. 26:20, 22). Did you ever notice an echo? If you fire a gun, or sing, or whistle, or shout, or whisper, you get exactly what you give. And so it has passed into a proverb, “Kind words awaken kind echoes.” 2. There will be kind looks. You know how much there is in a look—a displeased, angry, sulky, scornful, off-taking look. How they can vex and do a world of mischief! But if looks can do evil, they can also do good. There are kind, encouraging, comforting, winning looks. And just as “kind words produce kind echoes,” so kind looks call forth a return in kind. You must have noticed what an effect the look you gave has sometimes had on a dog. In the case of an infant, how you can, without difficulty, make him either laugh or cry merely by a look. That tells what a look can do for good or evil. Others will look at you just as you look at them. You have looked into a mirror, and seen reflected there your own face. As you looked pleased or cross, so did it. Just so is it in a family. 3. There will be kind deeds. I have heard of a mother who was in the habit of asking her children, each night before they went to bed, what they had done that day to make others happy. It would be well for the members of each family to ask themselves that. How many little services of love you might render without being asked. Now, if you love each other you will pray for each other. This is one of the greatest of all kindnesses, as it is one of the most tender of all bonds, and will be likely to lead to all the rest. II.

In sympathy for each other. To “sympathise” is to feel for, or rather with one. I have heard of a girl who, after having lost a little brother, went back to school; and I have this account of her from one of her companions: “All the time she studied her lesson, she hid her face in her book and cried. I felt so sorry that I laid my face on the same book and cried with her. Then she looked up, and put her arms around my neck; but I do not know why she said I had done her so much good.” It was the power of sympathy. When there is any trial, be it light or heavy, pressing on another’s mind there is nothing you can give to be compared to sympathy. It is wonderful the effect of even inquiring for the sick one. I am sometimes amazed, in asking children about a little brother or sister who has been ill, when they say they “don’t know!” Why do they not know? Had they lost their tongue, or had they not rather lost their heart? When your brother has got up in his class; when he has carried off a prize; when he has got some present; when his birthday has come round; when he is raised up from a sick bed—give him your hearty sympathy. III.

In self-denial. Selfishness is the great cause of unhappiness in many homes. Where children are unselfish they must agree—they cannot fail to be happy. But the reverse meets us on every hand in most painful and humbling ways. I once offered a friend a copy of a little book for his three children. But, no. He said, “I must have three or none, otherwise there will be no satisfying them.” I am not sure but they had even to be all of the same colour. Two of these books were thus very much thrown away. Now, it should not be so. IV.

In forbearance and patience. “Love suffereth long,” &c. In every family there is much to annoy. But love enables one to bear a great deal, and keeps the wheels running smoothly. Especially is it the part of the elder members of the family to bear with the younger, as it is the duty of the younger to pay deference to the elder. You have got some unkind, rude, impudent thing said or done to you. Your first impulse is to pay the evil-doer back in his own coin. Do you ask, “What should I do?” I say, Bear it. Try to be like God—“slow to wrath.” Some one gives the advice to “count ten before you speak,” when you are angry. Even in the worst case, “a soft answer turneth away wrath.” There is a saying, “He begins the fight who strikes the second blow.” That is true of the tongue as well as of the hand. V.

In Forgiveness. A mother can forgive when none else can because she loves. God can forgive when none else can, because He loves. And if we love like Him we shall forgive like Him. To be unforgiving, whether young or old, is one of the worst characters that could be given to one. (J. H. Wilson, M.A.) The social principles of Christianity (1):—In what sense is this a new commandment? This epithet distinguishes it from—1. The Mosaic code. The law of Moses was mainly an embodiment of justice. It admitted the cultivation of mutual love, and even enjoined it. But this was not its salient characteristic. Whereas the gospel is pre-eminently and characteristically a law of love. Again, the love which Judaism recognized was inferior in quality. A Jew behoved to love his neighbour as himself. A Christian must love his brother so as to sacrifice himself if need be. 2. From all common worldly affection. There are—(1) Instinctive affections, such as the parental, filial, &c. (2) Elective affections, such as those of friendship, patriotism, &c. (3) But none of these afford the highest exhibition, development, and gratification of man’s social nature. In a manner far to surpass them Christian love is to be cherished. Christ has introduced among men an altogether new principle of social existence. This social aspect of the gospel will be fully displayed in heaven. Meanwhile it is intended to show itself in churches. The singularity of this affection will better appear if we consider a few of its distinctive features. Consider—

  1. Its spiritual basis. It is not founded upon any natural relationship or sentiment, but upon a common participation in the benefits of Christ’s redemption. Observe—1. How this circumstance connects us with the same loving Lord. 2. How it supposes in each of us the same spiritual experience. 3. How it guarantees in each and all the same elements of a pure and estimable character. 4. How it furnishes the prospect of our being united together in perfect blessedness for ever and ever. Is there any other love which has such a profound and solemn basis as this?
  2. Its disinterested purity.

III. Its devoted fervour. It should lead us, if need be, to die for our brethren, after the example of Christ.

  1. Its practical purposes. 1. It supposes times of persecution and trial, and then it is serviceable to encourage and comfort us. 2. It relates to the exigencies of our spiritual cultivation, and is intended to supply the means of instruction and guidance. 3. It glances at the work which we are to do for Christ in the world, and it ensures strength, co-operation, and success. Apply specially to Church members. The Church ought to be the happiest circle of our acquaintance. Do we observe the new commandment? The way to promote it is to love Christ more. Thus to act is most important for the sake of our piety, our peace, and our usefulness. (T. G. Horton.)[7]

34. A new command I give you: love one another. This is the first of three instances (13:34; 15:12, 17) when Jesus commanded his disciples to love one another, but only on this occasion did he refer to it as a new command. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were commanded to love their neighbour as they loved themselves (Lev. 19:18), but Jesus said to his disciples: As I have loved you, so you must love one another. This raised the bar considerably. The measure of love for their neighbour was no longer their love for themselves, but Jesus’ love for them. The Gospel of John speaks in three places (13:1; 15:9, 13) of Jesus’ love for the disciples, a love that led him to lay down his life for them. Now he said that they should love one another in the same way (cf. 1 John 3:16). Jesus’ love command was new because it demanded a new kind of love, a love that included the willingness to die for others.[8]


34. A new commandment I give you. To the consolation he adds an exhortation, that they should love one another; as if he had said, “Yet while I am absent from you in body, testify, by mutual love, that I have not taught you in vain; let this be your constant study, your chief meditation.” Why does he call it a new commandment? All are not agreed on this point. There are some who suppose the reason to be, that, while the injunction formerly contained in the Law about brotherly love was literal and external, Christ wrote it anew by his Spirit on the hearts of believers. Thus, according to them, the Law is new, because he publishes it in a new manner, that it may have full vigour. But that is, in my opinion, far-fetched, and at variance with Christ’s meaning. The exposition given by others is, that, though the Law directs us to the exercise of love, still, because in it the doctrine of brotherly love is encumbered by many ceremonies and appendages, it is not so clearly exhibited; but, on the other hand, that perfection in love is laid down in the Gospel without any shadows. For my own part, though I do not absolutely reject this interpretation, I consider what Christ said to be more simple; for we know that laws are more carefully observed at the commencement, but they gradually slip out of the remembrance of men, till at length they become obsolete. In order to impress more deeply, therefore, on the minds of his disciples the doctrine of brotherly love, Christ recommends it on the ground of novelty; as if he had said, “I wish you continually to remember this commandment, as if it had been a law but lately made.”

In short, we see that it was the design of Christ, in this passage, to exhort his disciples to brotherly love, that they might never permit themselves to be withdrawn from the pursuit of it, or the doctrine of it to slip out of their minds. And how necessary this admonition was, we learn by daily experience; for, since it is difficult to maintain brotherly love, men lay it aside, and contrive, for themselves, new methods of worshipping God, and Satan suggests many things for the purpose of occupying their attention. Thus, by idle employments, they in vain attempt to mock God, but they deceive themselves. Let this title of novelty, therefore, excite us to the continual exercise of brotherly love. Meanwhile, let us know that it is called new, not because it now began, for the first time, to please God, since it is elsewhere called the fulfilling of the law, (Rom. 13:10.)

That you love one another. Brotherly love is, indeed, extended to strangers, for we are all of the same flesh, and are all created after the image of God; but because the image of God shines more brightly in those who have been regenerated, it is proper that the bond of love, among the disciples of Christ, should be far more close. In God brotherly love seeks its cause, from him it has its root, and to him it is directed. Thus, in proportion as it perceives any man to be a child of God, it embraces him with the greater warmth and affection. Besides, the mutual exercise of love cannot exist but in those who are guided by the same Spirit. It is the highest degree of brotherly love, therefore, that is here described by Christ; but we ought to believe, on the other hand, that, as the goodness of God extends to the whole world, so we ought to love all, even those who hate us.

As I have loved you. He holds out his own example, not because we can reach it, for we are at a vast distance behind him, but that we may, at least, aim at the same end.[9]


34 The most important question raised by Jesus’ “glorification,” understood as his departure from the world, is that of the disciples’ responsibility in his absence. This he now states, in the simplest possible terms: “A new command I give you, that you love each other, just as I loved you, that you too love each other” (v. 34). This “new command” could be viewed as the Johannine equivalent of “the new covenant” instituted similarly at a last meal according to Luke and Paul (Lk 22:20; 1 Cor 11:25). All our literary witnesses, in fact (see Mk 14:24; Mt 26:28), agree that something decisive occurred at Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, something that determined how they would live, but the other sources connect that something to the church’s observance of the Lord’s Supper, while John’s Gospel connects it instead with the everyday life of Jesus’ disciples during his absence, particularly with their obligation to love and serve one another.

What makes the command “new”? Is it a new command replacing one or more older commands? Or a new command in addition to commands already familiar? Surely the latter. As we have seen, Jesus’ references earlier to “doing the truth” (3:21), “doing good things” (5:29), or “doing his will” (7:17; see also 9:31; 1 Jn 2:17), imply an understanding of right conduct based on the Hebrew Scriptures and commandments handed down from Moses. Jesus’ assumption all along has been that “if you believed Moses, you would believe me” (5:46). The acceptance of Jesus as God’s unique messenger and agent has been the evidence of faithfulness to the “will of God” revealed in those ancient commandments (see especially 7:17, where those who “choose to do his will” are the ones who “will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or whether I speak on my own”). Moreover, Jesus from here on will speak of his “commands” (plural) three times (14:15, 21; 15:10), and of the love “command” (singular) only once (15:12). So we may not assume that the love command is the only command to be obeyed, much less that it is meant to replace (for example) the two great commands in the other three Gospels, love of God and love of neighbor (see Mk 12:28–34//Mt 22:34–40//Lk 10:25–28). If John’s Gospel knows of that tradition (as 14:15, 21, 23, and 31 may well suggest), this “new” love command is an additional one placed alongside the “great, and first” command and the “second, like it” (Mt 22:38–39), “new” in two ways. First, it focuses attention not on the “neighbor” (defined in the Synoptics so broadly as to include the enemy), but rather on the fellow believer or disciple, thus accenting love’s mutuality. Second, and perhaps more important, it bases the command very explicitly on Jesus’ love for “his own” disciples (v. 1), based in turn on the Father’s love for his Son (see 3:35; 5:20; 15:9).

The form of this “new” command—“just as I loved you, that you too love each other”—matches the form of Jesus’ stated “example” of footwashing—“so that just as I did for you, you too might do” (v. 15, italics added). While Jesus did not speak of the latter as a “command,” only as an obligation, something the disciples “ought” to do (v. 14), and are “blessed” for doing (v. 17), the similarity of structure is evident. Both pronouncements combine a “vertical,” one-way relationship (that is, from a Lord or King to subordinates) with a “horizontal,” two-way relationship (that is, a mutual relationship among peers). Jesus takes the initiative to love (and show his love for) his disciples. Nothing is said of their loving him first, or even in return, and they are not allowed to reciprocate by washing his feet. Instead, they extend his love to “each other,” whether specifically by washing each other’s feet (vv. 14–15), or more generally in the daily conduct of their lives (vv. 34–35). Such a structure, with its “vertical” and “horizontal” axis, can be seen not only here but in several other New Testament passages, whether the subject matter is mutual love (see 15:12; 1 Jn 3:16; 4:11; Eph 5:2), forgiveness (Eph 4:32; Col 3:13), or acceptance (Rom 15:7).

The parallel between the love command and the footwashing offers a possible answer to the question raised earlier, as to whether or not footwashing represented within the Christian communities the mutual forgiveness of sins committed after baptism, in the sense that believers actually “cleansed” each other as Jesus by his death had cleansed them once and for all. “Wash each other’s feet” could easily enough be heard as “Forgive each other, as I have forgiven you” (see Eph 4:32; Col 3:13; and compare Mt 6:14–15; 18:21–35; Mk 11:25;). But as we have seen, any such theory must remain only implicit, not explicit, as far as John’s Gospel is concerned. As I have stated elsewhere, “Just as John’s Gospel views Christian conversion and baptism positively as the giving of life rather than negatively as repentance from sin, so it views footwashing among believers positively as mutual love rather than negatively as mutual forgiveness of sins.” While the principle common in the ancient church that “love covers many sins” (see 1 Pet 4:8; Jas 5:20; 1 Clement 49.5; 2 Clement 16.4) may well have been a tacit presupposition of the Gospel writer, it never quite comes to the surface. Because John’s Gospel—in contrast to 1 John—says little about the sins of believers, it says nothing explicitly about how such sins are forgiven, only about the responsibility of believers to “love each other.”[10]


34 “A new commandment” (cf. 1 John 2:8) is in an emphatic position in the Greek. It is important. This is the one place in this Gospel where Jesus uses the term “new.” The content of the commandment is given very simply: “Love one another.” Jesus is not speaking here of love to all people but of love within the community of believers (it “is presented as the marching order for the newly gathering messianic community,” Carson). Love itself is not a new commandment, but an old one (Lev. 19:18). The new thing appears to be the mutual affection that Christians have for one another on account of Christ’s great love for them. A community has been created76 on the basis of Jesus’ work for us, and there is a new relationship within that community. “It was ‘new,’ because the love of Christ’s friends for Christ’s sake was a new thing in the world” (Dods). Jesus himself has set the example.77 He calls on them now to follow in his steps. He is not asking them to do any more than he himself has done.[11]


34 Jesus delivers to his disciples a new commandment: “love one another.” In the Vulgate (the Latin translation, which since the sixteenth century has been the official version of the Roman Catholic Church), “new command” is translated mandatum novum, from which is derived the name Maundy Thursday, the anniversary of the Last Supper. The commandment is not new in the sense that it was formerly unknown. Leviticus 19:18 reads, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The newness of the command lay in the meaning given to love by the life and teachings of Jesus. It was to be a covenantal love, distinguished from even the noblest forms of human love by the fact that it was “spontaneous and unmotivated” (Brown, 614). God’s love does not question the worthiness of the recipient but gladly gives of itself in humble service.[12]


[1] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1539). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Jn 13:34). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1345). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 1544–1545). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Utley, R. J. (1999). The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters: The Gospel of John, I, II, and III John (Vol. Volume 4, p. 122). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[6] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to John (Vol. 2, pp. 252–253). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[7] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: St. John (Vol. 2, pp. 440–449). London: James Nisbet & Co.

[8] Kruse, C. G. (2017). John: An Introduction and Commentary. (E. J. Schnabel, Ed.) (Second edition, Vol. 4, pp. 340–341). London: Inter-Varsity Press.

[9] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Gospel according to John (Vol. 2, pp. 75–76). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[10] Michaels, J. R. (2010). The Gospel of John (pp. 758–760). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[11] Morris, L. (1995). The Gospel according to John (p. 562). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[12] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 557). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 14, 2021

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An Impeachment Farce

Douglas Andrews

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: The Left destroys everything it touches. It’s true. You name it, and, as Dennis Prager astutely observes, the Left has likely ruined it: religion, free speech, literature, the arts, sports, even late-night TV.

Today, we can add the once serious and somber institution of presidential impeachment to the list.

Yes, thanks to Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats, impeachment is now a joke, a mockery, a rimshot. Twice within a four-year term — a little over one year, really — the Democrats have used raw political power to impeach a president they hate on historically dubious grounds.

Perhaps Republicans, if they regain the House in 2022, will go for three against President Joe Biden. And if they do, who can blame them? Heck, Marjorie Taylor Greene won’t wait that long. The Georgia congresswoman promises to introduce articles of impeachment against Biden on January 21, before he’s hardly even unpacked his desk.

The article of impeachment against President Donald Trump was for the high crime and misdemeanor of “incitement of insurrection” that Trump ostensibly committed by “willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States.”

It was striking, though, that throughout yesterday’s speechmaking, Republicans repeatedly invoked Trump’s own words in his defense, while Democrats avoided them. “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” Trump said last Wednesday just prior to the mayhem at the Capitol.

Yes, it was a riot. No, Sandy Cortez, you didn’t come close to “nearly half of the House dying on Wednesday.”

Representative Tom McClintock, who only seems like the last Republican left in California, stood out yesterday as a thoughtful critic of the impeachment exercise. His four-minute speech is worth watching.

“If we impeached every politician who gave a fiery speech to a crowd of partisans,” he said, “this Capitol would be deserted. That’s what the president did. That is all he did. He specifically told the crowd to protest peacefully and patriotically, and the vast majority of them did. … Suppressing free speech is not the answer. Holding rioters accountable for their actions is the answer. And we are. And if we prosecuted BLM and antifa rioters across the country with the same determination these last six months, this incident may not have happened at all.”

McClintock then trained his sights on the process itself: “Short of declaring war, the power of impeachment is the most solemn and consequential act that Congress can take. To use it in this manner — in the heat of the moment, with no hearings, no due process, many members phoning in their votes after a hastily called debate, exactly one week before a new president is to take office — trivializes this power to the point of caricature.”

This second impeachment of President Trump may not go any further. After all, Nancy Pelosi got what she wanted, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican colleagues Wednesday that the proceedings will not begin until after Joe Biden’s inauguration.

As silly as it sounds in our current climate, there’s also a constitutional issue here. As Michael Luttig, a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals judge and one-time Supreme Court short-lister, pointed out in a Washington Post op-ed, “It appears that even if the House of Representatives impeaches President Trump this week [as it did], the Senate trial on that impeachment will not begin until after Trump has left office and President-Elect Biden has become president on Jan. 20. That Senate trial would be unconstitutional.”

At that time, Luttig continues, “Trump would no longer be incumbent in the Office of the President … and would no longer be subject to ‘impeachment conviction’ by the Senate, under the Constitution’s Impeachment Clauses. Which is to say that the Senate’s only power under the Constitution is to convict — or not — an incumbent president.”

As for the political fallout, 10 House Republicans voted to impeach this time (not a single Republican House member voted to do so the first time), and it’ll be interesting to see if they survive politically. Liz Cheney, the sharp and tough daughter of the former vice president and the GOP’s third-ranking member, was one of the 10. Time will tell if she remains Republican conference chair, but it’s hard to see how she does. The Republican vote was 197-10. That makes her by definition an extremist. And, as some of her House colleagues have already noted, the party can’t be led by an extremist — especially an extremist on the side of capitulation. Put another way: On the issue of impeachment, Cheney and her nine colleagues decided they had more in common with Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Maxine Waters than they did with Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, and the rest of their fellow Republicans.

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said. Really? Never? Not even when Barack Obama unleashed the IRS and other federal agencies on American citizens whom he deemed were his political enemies? Or when he used our nation’s intelligence services to spy on his presidential successor?

Ultimately, if we’re to believe the polling, Impeachment 2.0 was a big waste of time and money. Only 23% of those polled by the McLaughlin Group favored impeaching the president, while 77% said Congress should instead be working on our nation’s coronavirus response.

So much for Congress listening to the will of the people.

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Trump Calls for Peace and Unity

Thomas Gallatin

After House Democrats led the charge in voting on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for an unprecedented second time — this time over the dubious charge of “incitement of insurrection” — the White House released a video message from Trump in which he unequivocally denounced political violence and called for peace and unity.

“Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for,” Trump stated. “No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. … Now I am asking everyone who has ever believed in our agenda to be thinking of ways to ease tensions, calm tempers, and help to promote peace in our country.”

Noting reports of possible violence arising across the country leading up to or during Joe Biden’s inauguration, Trump urged Americans to “follow our laws and obey the instructions of law enforcement.”

While avoiding mentioning the impeachment, Trump did hit on the unprecedented recent crackdown on free speech by Big Tech. “Efforts to censor, cancel, and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and they are dangerous,” he asserted. “What is needed now is for us to listen to one another, not to silence one another.”

Trump is correct. Only through rejecting violence and fostering a willingness to communicate with one another and have good-faith disagreements can any hope for unity be achieved. Those calling for the silencing of people with whom they disagree politically — what the Democrats are currently doing — will only work to stoke the fires of division and hatred. Genuine unity requires offering genuine respect and acceptance of the dignity of those on the other side. Dubious demonization of political opponents only begets anger and intolerance.

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Scalise, Victim of Violence, Speaks Against It

Thomas Gallatin

President Donald Trump’s timely words calling for peace and calm in many ways mirrored the message from House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). On Tuesday, Scalise wrote an op-ed denouncing political violence. Having personally experienced political violence that nearly cost him his life, Scalise argued against the temptation to blame and vilify politicians for the violence perpetrated by unhinged individuals.

“The deranged shooter [who attacked me and other Republicans] was heavily influenced by the demonization of congressional Republicans by some Democratic politicians, whose statements were amplified by the mainstream media,” Scalise wrote. “In the aftermath of my shooting, I made a conscious decision not to hold anybody but the gunman responsible for that day’s events. It would, however, be naive to think the shooter arrived at his decision in a vacuum. It would be equally naive to think that the Capitol rioters arrived at their decisions in a void. Violent rhetoric helps radicalize people. Republicans and Democrats alike must have the moral clarity to call this language out whenever it is spoken, not only when it comes from the other side of the political aisle.”

Scalise powerfully added, “I reject the notion that Wednesday’s actions were a mostly peaceful protest or that antifa infiltrators led the mob into the Capitol. I also reject the notion that the mob’s actions accurately represent the motivations of the millions of Americans who voted for President Trump or the Republican Party. We have to be rational and honest while holding ourselves and others accountable.”

“I urge all Americans to resist throwing fuel on the fire,” he concluded. “Given practical considerations, I believe that both the impeachment process and calls to invoke the 25th Amendment represent just that — more fuel on this raging inferno. There will always be some who reject calls for unity and instead seek revenge. No good can come of that mind-set, trust me.”

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Tapper Insults Double Amputee Vet

Nate Jackson

CNN’s Jake Tapper was once a reasonably respectable journalist. As with more than a few media figures, however, his Trump Derangement Syndrome means he is more often checking integrity at the door.

Speaking about the Democrats’ second impeachment charade yesterday, Tapper called Republicans who didn’t go along with Democrats, but he slammed one particular Republican veteran. “Congressman Brian Mast [is] a Republican from Florida who lost his legs … fighting for democracy abroad,” Tapper said before adding the insult, “although I don’t know … about his commitment to it here in the United States.”

Tapper is the author of The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, a New York Times bestseller about U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He prides himself in his work with veterans. He must have known that his comments questioning the patriotism of a man who lost both legs in service to his country would be a gross insult not just to Mast but to millions of Americans.

Mast enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in May 2000, and he later served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician in Afghanistan. In September 2010, he was clearing a path for Army Rangers in Kandahar when he was severely wounded by an IED, leading to the amputation of a finger and both of his legs.

By the way, Representatives Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanistan, and Jim Baird, a U.S. Army vet who lost an arm in Vietnam, both voted against impeachment.

As for Mast, he we’ll give him the last word: “I lost two legs for [Jake Tapper’s] right to say whatever the hell he wants, but that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election.”

He later added, “My commitment to democracy and to my country is unwavering. I love this place so much it literally breaks my heart to see the divide that exists in it. I love our democracy for all of our problems. There is no government that I would rather be a part of anywhere in this world.”

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Going Galt

Arnold Ahlert

“Our election was hijacked. There is no question. Congress has a duty to #ProtectOurDemocracy & #FollowTheFacts.” —Nancy Pelosi, May 16, 2017

“In reality they’re not after me. They’re after you[.] I’m just in the way.” —Donald Trump, December 2019

On January 6, 2021, a terrible thing happened in Washington, DC. A small group of mostly Trump followers staged a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol, causing death and destruction. Those who perpetrated it should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Yet something far more sinister has occurred ever since. In the most toxic and blatant outburst of totalitarian impulses this nation has ever witnessed, an American Left that fancies itself the sole arbiter of tolerance and bigotry has broad-brushed 74 million Americans as de facto terrorists for harboring precisely the same doubts about the 2020 election as the speaker of the House did about the 2016 election. Even worse, America’s corporate oligarchy, sensing its moment for total control is at hand, is leading the charge, every goose step of the way.

“People who had nothing to do with the violence in the U.S. Capitol are being punished for that violence in a way that is repugnant, immoral and anti-American,” says Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Make that formerly anti-American. What this nation is witnessing is the flowering of nearly a half-century of wholesale educational corruption that has produced legions of “wokesters” who wear their contempt for their own nation and its Constitution like a badge of honor. In her dystopian novel, Atlas Shrugged, author Ayn Rand aptly described those who would crush all Liberty and dissent simply because doing so currently accrues to “their side”:

“People don’t want to think. And the deeper they get into trouble, the less they want to think. But by some sort of instinct, they feel that they ought to and it makes them feel guilty. So they’ll bless and follow anyone who gives them a justification for not thinking.”

Enter the corporate and tech “justifiers.” Many of the same corporations that not only abided the “summer of love” riots but eagerly financed their BLM and and antifa perpetrators — riots that precipitated more than 700 injured law enforcement officers, dozens of people killed, billions of dollars in damage, and the destruction of thousands of small businesses, many minority-owned — have now decided that anyone associated with President Trump or anyone even remotely concerned with election integrity is as guilty of insurrection and/or sedition as the rioters themselves. And the very same Big Tech platforms used to organize those riots and disseminate incitements to violence will give themselves a pass, even as they deplatform Parler for violating the every same “community standards” they themselves violated with impunity.

In 2014, communist China established a Social Credit System that went fully operational this year. In the space of a week, American leftists and their corporate collaborators have instituted the same system in what is becoming our post-constitutional republic.

Thus, YouTube has banned all videos discussing election fraud, and Facebook shut down #WalkAway, which encouraged people to leave the Democrat Party. The National Association of Realtors revised its professional ethics code to ban “hate speech and harassing speech” by its members, written or spoken, public or private, 24/7/365. Hotel giant Marriott, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Commerce Bancshare, and others are suspending donations to Republicans they dub the “treason caucus” for daring to question the validity of the election. And Forbes magazine’s Chief Content Officer Randall Lane has warned that if any company hires one of Trump’s “fabulists,” “Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie.”

Such examples are the tip of the totalitarian iceberg, but the motivation behind it all can be reduced to a single word: vengeance. No president and no political movement did more to expose the utter hollowness of leftist “tolerance,” the wholesale corruption of unelected bureaucrats and their deep-state enablers in the FBI, the DOJ, the 17 intel agencies, and the FISA Court, and the unbridled greed of communist Chinese-kowtowing Hollywood, academia, Big Business, and Big Tech than Donald Trump and the America First agenda.

Therefore, Trump and his 74 million followers must be relentlessly demonized because “non-woke” Americans must never again get the idea that their concerns are worthwhile or valid if they conflict with the corporate oligarchy’s agenda in any manner. And the very same dissent the Left championed for decades will now be considered treason going forward.

Yet despite their confidence, our Ruling Class hucksters and their corporate collaborators might want to consider what might happen if those same 74 million people decide that wholesale marginalization is a two-way street. Perhaps a number of truckers, food stockers, plumbers, electricians, cops, firemen, and countless other genuinely essential workers might decide to take a break from delivering goods and services to people who despise them.

Perhaps “going Galt,” an expression arising from Rand’s aforementioned novel, whereby the genuinely productive people of the nation abandon the “looters,” might play itself out in real life.

Already, the cracks are beginning to appear. On Monday, Twitter’s stock was down 6% following its decision to ban the president of the United States from its platform. NFL and NBA ratings have tanked substantially. Millions of Americans have gotten used to living without Hollywood and Broadway. Progressive strongholds like New York, New JerseyCalifornia, and Illinois are hemorrhaging denizens, most of whom are fleeing to conservative states like Texas and Florida. And House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) is calling for a RICO investigation of Big Tech for stifling Parler.

Moreover, cracks regarding the “official” riot narrative are appearing as well. On Tuesday, the FBI admitted it had received intel about possible “war” at the Capitol. A timeline constructed by The New York Times through videos shows protesters began breaching the Capitol 20 minutes before Trump finished his speech. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned following the riot, stated that House and Senate security officials rebuffed his early request to call in the National Guard. And no one has yet offered an explanation for video showing officers and other people freely granting rioters access to the Capitol building.

One thing is certain: The debate about possible election fraud was permanently shelved — possibly to the relief of both political parties.

Decent Americans of all political persuasions should want the unvarnished truth to come out, regardless of the consequences. But that isn’t likely to happen because there is too much at stake. The pre-Trump status quo must be reimposed at all costs, and anyone daring to deviate from the established narrative that abets it might get added to an enemies list.

One that already contains 74 million Americans.

It won’t stand. The French Revolution is instructive about many things, but above all else it reveals that those who lust for vengeance ultimately become its victims. In short, ask not for whom the bell tolls, wokesters. Sooner or later it tolls for thee — as loud as it does for any “deplorable.”

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Hillary Clinton’s Race to Blame Race

Lewis Morris

The Left thrives on stoking division and hatred, so as you might imagine, it’s high times for politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, and world-champion rhetorical bomb thrower Hillary Clinton. Yeah, she’s back.

The former co-president, senator, secretary of state, and Democrat presidential nominee sounded off this week in an op-ed in The Washington Post in which she shared her thoughts on what to do about Donald Trump and America’s white supremacist problem. Of course, in crafting her opinion piece, Clinton made two major assumptions that are categorically false. One, nobody is asking, “What Would Hillary Do?” And two, America does not have a white supremacy problem.

Clinton’s op-ed calls on the incoming Biden administration to hold social media platforms “accountable” to stop the spread of hate speech, which is increasingly being defined to mean any speech that does not foster the groupthink message of the Left. Clinton would also like to see more state and federal laws to hold white supremacists “accountable” as well.

What does accountable mean in this context? Knowing Hillary “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy” Clinton from her long and storied career, it means labeling any individual and any organization that does not toe the party line as a violent threat to the country. This is an age-old tactic of the socialist Left, a political movement that can only advance its agenda by discrediting its opponents’ viewpoint because its own ideology cannot stand up to logical scrutiny. The tool of the trade for the American Left is racism, and it is the prism through which the modern Democrat Party sees — or at least wants you to see — the world.

Clinton’s screed is a textbook example of this, repeating the long-since-debunked claim that Trump called white supremacists in Charlottesville “very fine people.” She also throws in an endorsement of the latest woke reading, a book entitled Caste that is part of a long list of ivory-tower reading that seeks to further stoke the flames of division in America. Clinton uses a question posed in the book to make the cognitive leap that the mob that breached the Capitol building last week chose “whiteness” over democracy. This was a claim repeated by Nancy Pelosi this week.

Race is no longer simply a buzzword among woke leftists. It is the modus operandi for everything Democrats do. President-elect Joe Biden, once labeled an old white racist by the woman who later became his running mate, is proof positive of the modern Demo outlook. He brags repeatedly about the racial and ethnic diversity of his cabinet, which is all the media seems to care about, but he doesn’t seem to have given much thought to the qualifications of his new team. But he has given thought to prioritizing minority rights and advancing the concept of equity, the new Democrat buzzword that essentially means equality of outcome. In other words, be prepared for more social engineering designed to upend the American concept of fairness and justice.

As Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday approaches, it would be good to reflect on the civil rights icon’s legacy. His dream was of a nation in which a person would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. The Democrats have all but killed that dream, flipping it on its end for the sole purpose of seizing and maintaining power over the citizenry. Hillary Clinton has been at the forefront of that disgraceful effort. In the parlance of the Left, it’s time for Americans to take the power back.

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The Vile Racism of a Biden Nominee

Douglas Andrews

Imagine if, in 2016, Donald Trump had put forth a nominee to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division whose body of work included the following statement:

Melanin endows whites with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities — something which cannot be measured based on Afrocentric standards.

Setting aside the scientific idiocy of the statement, it’s hard to see it as anything other than the very definition of racism. And had anything like this ever been put on paper by a Trump nominee, the nomination would’ve been pulled as soon as the outrageous utterance came to light. But swap out the word “whites” for “blacks,” and replace “Afrocentric” with “Eurocentric,” and we’re looking at a verbatim quote from a Joe Biden nominee — to head our nation’s powerful civil rights enforcement apparatus, no less.

Granted, Kristen Clarke coauthored these words back in 1994 as part of a letter to the editor of the Harvard Crimson. But she did so as president of the university’s Black Students Association. That’s her name at the bottom of the letter, and those are her words. And they’re repugnant.

The letter, in fact, is little more than a semi-coherent screed that thrashes around between racist pseudoscience and pathetic blame-whiteyism.

First the pseudoscience: “Some scientists,” they claim without attribution, “have revealed that most whites are unable to produce melanin because their pineal glands are often calcification [sic] or non-functioning. Pineal calcification rates with Africans are five to 15 percent, Asians 15 to 25 percent and Europeans 60 to 80 percent. This is the chemical basis for the cultural differences between Blacks and whites.”

Now the blame-whiteyism: “Liberal whites underestimate the damage which racism causes on the minds of Black children, and conservative whites know all too well how to enlarge that damage. No matter how rich or supportive a Black person’s home might be, by the time she is ready to take the SAT or apply to college, she has struggled far more extensively than any white person of the same social and economic background.”

As a student, though, Clarke wasn’t content to merely castigate whites generally. She seems to have had a heightened animus toward Jews. Indeed, she once invited a raging anti-Semite to speak at Harvard, a former Wellesley College professor named Tony Martin — a man who authored a manifesto called “The Jewish Onslaught.” When the criticism came down, she vigorously — albeit sophomorically — defended him: “Professor Martin is an intelligent, well-versed Black intellectual who bases his information on indisputable fact.”

Got that? He’s an intellectual. Incidentally, if you missed Tucker Carlson’s Monday night takedown of our nation’s would-be civil rights top cop, it’s worth watching.

Carlson covered Clarke again last night, but this time he focused on her obsession with skin color when it comes to hiring airline pilots and on her dishonest Wikipedia biography, which doesn’t have a peep about her racist past. It’s also currently locked, so no one can correct it. Clearly, the Left is circling the wagons.

Despite their best efforts, though, it appears that Clarke’s troubling past has caught up with her just in time for a contentious confirmation. As The Washington Free Beacon reports, “Though the incendiary statements are more than 25 years old, several of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees were grilled over comparatively tamer items they wrote as college students, prompting public apologies and even a withdrawal. If confirmed, Clarke would shape federal litigation strategies and lead enforcement of the nation’s civil-rights statutes.”

Are her quarter-century-old comments disqualifying, or is there a statute of limitations on black supremacy? Not according to Clarke’s own standards, as Paul Mirengoff points out at Power Line. Hey, what’s good enough for a Trump judicial nominee is good enough for a Biden civil rights nominee.

With a racist like Clarke at the helm, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division would once again count by race, once again weaponize our nation’s civil rights laws, and once again favor certain racial groups at the expense of others. For the sake of decency, let’s hope her nomination gets pulled or, better yet, goes down to bipartisan defeat.

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Will Biden Undo Cuba Terror Status?

Thomas Gallatin

The communist dictatorship of Cuba has been placed once again on the U.S. State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism after Barack Obama removed it in 2015. Obama’s theory that normalizing relations with the Castro regime would encourage democratic reforms proved a failure. If anything, it only had the effect of further strengthening the regime’s hold on power.

Furthermore, rather than dissuade Cuba from supporting the efforts of terrorists, the Castro regime expanded its support, as Havana offered military intelligence assistance to Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro. The State Department noted that “Cuba and Venezuela continued to provide permissive environments for terrorists.” Those terrorists include the Colombian drug cartel known as FARC, as well as the rebel National Liberation Army (ELN).

The State Department report states that “members of the ELN who were in Havana to conduct peace talks with the Colombian government since 2017 also remain in Cuba,” where they have been protected from extradition even as they “claimed responsibility for the January 2019 bombing of a Bogota police academe, which killed 22 and injured 87 others.”

In making the designation announcement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained, “The Trump Administration has been focused from the start on denying the Castro regime the resources it used to oppress its people at home, and countering its malign interference in Venezuela and the rest of the Western Hemisphere. With this action, we will once again hold Cuba’s government accountable and send a clear message: the Castro regime must end its support for international terrorism and subversion of the U.S.”

Naturally, Democrats were quick to criticize the move. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) called it blatantly political and accused the administration of making “a mockery of what had been a credible, objective measure of a foreign government’s active support for terrorism.” That is nothing more than the usual Democrat projection. It is Obama who made a mockery of credible foreign policy. Unfortunately, we expect Joe Biden to follow suit.

Nonetheless, this move by the Trump administration will make it more difficult for Biden to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. As the American Enterprise Institute’s Ryan Berg explained, “A diplomatic opening with a country designated as a ‘state sponsor of terror’ is a difficult lift. Therefore, one of the first steps to any Cuba opening would likely require a reversal of this decision.” And given Cuba’s continued record since 2015 of continuing to aid and protect terrorists, it will not be an easy task.

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NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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Cancel Culture

  • “It’s hard to keep track of how many people are telling us that we can no longer do business with them”: Parler CEO says social media platform may never return (Examiner)
  • New York City cancels contracts with Trump Organization (NPR)
  • Former campaign staffer fired from new job because he worked for Trump (Townhall)
  • Harvard removes Republican Elise Stefanik from advisory committee (Politico)

Government & Politics

  • Mail-in ballots were just a teaser: House Democrats introduce bill to abolish Electoral College (National Pulse)
  • With “friends” like these, who needs enemies? The Lincoln Project teams up with billionaires, left-wing activists to punish GOP and elect more Democrats (Free Beacon)
  • Supreme Court says abortion pills can’t be dispensed by mail (Daily Caller)
  • Census Bureau wrongly stops work on illegal immigrant count (NPR)
  • Universal basic income advocate Andrew Yang to run for New York City mayor (Reuters)

Leftmedia

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey disingenuously defends Trump ban, admits company’s power sets “dangerous” precedent (Fox News)

Health

  • Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine shows promise in early-stage trials (Time)
  • Cancer deaths in U.S. down by nearly one-third in last 20 years (UPI)

National Security

  • U.S. finally bans cotton imports from Xinjiang, citing Uyghur forced labor (National Review)
  • Iran works on uranium metal in new breach of nuclear deal (Reuters)
  • Space Command headquarters to be located in Huntsville, Alabama (AP)

Around the Nation

  • Airbnb cancels bookings in DC for next week’s Biden inauguration (UPI)
  • Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder faces two criminal charges in Flint water case (Detroit Free Press)
  • Faith in humanity: Missouri declared the first “abortion-free” state (Disrn)

“Captain Obvious” Headline Awards

  • New report finds trust in social institutions diminished further in 2020 (Time)

Double Standards

  • Watch Nancy Pelosi break her own House rules about gendered language six times in less than 10 seconds (Not the Bee)

Non Compos Mentis

  • Democrat congressman removes mask … to sneeze on House floor (Fox News)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • California hospital fined $43K after COVID outbreak linked to — wait for it — inflatable Christmas costume (NY Post)

On a Lighter Note…

  • Quebec couple gets creative trying to evade curfew by putting husband on a leash (Not the Bee)
  • Guy takes paintings of historical figures and uses AI to create super realistic “photographs” (Not the Bee)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Reducing the marriage penalty for low-income families (AEI)
  • Policy: Environmental extremism is creeping into every domain of public policy (Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Trump close to filling impeachment punch card for free sub sandwich (Babylon Bee)

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On Incitement to Violence — A dangerously expanding definition and a free speech impeachment. The First Amendment was designed to protect against this type of politicization.

Climate Censorship— Big Tech will not tolerate any views that run counter to the “climate crisis” narrative.

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Insight: “The power of authority is never more subtle and effective than when it produces a psychological ‘atmosphere’ or ‘climate’ favorable to the life of certain modes of belief, unfavorable, and even fatal, to the life of others.” —Arthur Balfour (1848-1930)

Upright: “So far, the focus has been on repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects the tech giants from being sued for what they post, based on the fiction that they are merely unbiased platforms. Republicans want their liability removed, but that may incentivize them to limit content even more, just as many Democrats want. The better approach is to treat these tech platforms as public utilities, just like water, electric, phone and gas companies, and regulate them as utilities. They’re monopolies, and they provide essential services to a dependent public. Public utilities cannot withhold services from some customers based on their political views.” —Betsy McCaughey

For the record: “It was revealed that a Chinese spy bundled donations to Eric Swalwell’s re-election in 2014 and instead of being taken off the intelligence committee, he was promoted to impeachment manager.” —Greg Price

Touché: “The ayatollah can tweet. The president can’t. Democrats can object on January 6, 2017, but Republicans aren’t allowed to object on January 6, 2021. Democrats say antifa is a myth. Republicans condemn all violence, all the time. The double standard has to stop.” —Rep. Jim Jordan

Observations: “Truth is more a shield than a sword. And we are now in the age of swords, wielded aggressively by those with little principle but an unending sense of their own moral superiority.” —Ben Shapiro

Tongue-in-cheek: “It’s highly offensive and frankly bigoted that they’re calling it impeachment instead of impeachwoment.” —Matt Walsh

Belly laugh: “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump.” —Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who probably spewed coffee typing that

Non compos mentis I: “I didn’t even feel safe going to that extraction point because there were QAnon and white supremacist members of Congress who I felt would disclose my location and create opportunities to allow me to be hurt.” —AOC

Non compos mentis II: “It is not an exaggeration to say that many, many members of the House were nearly assassinated. It’s just not an exaggeration to say that at all. We were very lucky that things happened within certain minutes. That allowed members to escape the gap, the House floor unharmed. But many of us merely narrowly escaped death. And it’s also extremely traumatizing.” —AOC

Non compos mentis III: “I don’t want to hear or see the Republican Party talk about blue lives ever again.” —AOC

Non compos mentis IV: “I want to be clear to Senator Ted Cruz: You do not belong in the United States Senate. I want to be clear to Senator Josh Hawley: You do not belong in the United States Senate. … So get out.” —AOC

Alpha jackass: “Trump Is Blowing Apart the G.O.P. God Bless Him.” —NY Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman

Dezinformatsiya: “You can’t compare what happened this summer to what happened at the Capitol. It’s two different things. One was built on people, on racial justice, on criminal justice… OK? That was not a lie. Those are facts.” —CNN’s Don Lemon

And last… “Unfortunately, too many American educational institutions — from elementary schools to universities — have become indoctrination centers. The riots that swept across the country last year are fruits of that indoctrination and the utter disregard for other people’s rights that accompanied those riots. At the heart of that indoctrination is a sense of grievance and victimhood when others have better outcomes — which are automatically called ‘privileges’ and never called ‘achievements,’ regardless of what the actual facts are.” —Thomas Sowell

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Headlines – 1/14/2021

Biden taps Power, who OK’d anti-Israel UN resolution, for top foreign aid post

Amid impeachment, Pompeo says Trump should win Nobel for Israel-Gulf peace

Jerusalem gives preliminary approval for location of new US Embassy

Shots fired at IDF bulldozers in 2 attacks on Gaza border, none injured

Pompeo: Al-Qaeda has new home base in Iran, threatening region, Abraham Accords

Likud minister warns Israel could attack Iran nuclear program if US rejoins deal

Netanyahu said forming team for talks with Biden on Iranian nuclear program

‘Iran Has No Need’ for 2015 Nuclear Deal, IRGC Commander Declares

Iran Is Assembling Gear Able to Produce Key Nuclear-Weapons Material

Iran advances research on uranium metal, a key component in nuclear weapons

US official: Israel carried out Syria strikes using American intelligence

Deadliest Israeli airstrikes on Syria in years kill 57, say observers

Three UN peacekeepers killed, six wounded in Mali attack

Italy’s government in crisis after former PM pulls support for ruling coalition

Biggest mafia trial in decades opens in Italy

US bans all cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over slave labor

NASA scientist pleads guilty to lying about China ties

In Rare Move, White House Declassifies Key China Strategy Doc – Document outlines Trump approach to countering CCP

World warily watches America’s postelection aftershocks

President Trump becomes first president to be impeached twice

Donald Trump impeached a 2nd time, charged with ‘incitement of insurrection’

Text of Trump impeachment: A threat to security, democracy, and the Constitution

House votes after U.S. Capitol siege to impeach Trump for second time; his fate in Senate hands

Schumer says Senate could vote on barring Trump from running for office again

Senator Graham: Rushing to Impeach Trump Lacks Due Process, Will Further Divide the Country

Leader McConnell Rejects Request for Emergency Session for Impeachment Trial

McConnell won’t call Senate back early for Trump impeachment trial

Trump impeachment trial to be heard after he leaves office: McConnell

Tom Cotton: Senate ‘Lacks Constitutional Authority’ to Proceed with Impeachment After Trump Leaves Office

Sen. Josh Hawley: ‘I Will Not Bow to a Lawless Mob’

New GOP Representative Blames Both Parties for Fueling Violence Amid Impeachment Push

Trump Impeachment Deepens GOP Divide

Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will file articles of impeachment against Biden

AOC: Nation Can Only Heal Once ‘Oppressed’ Southern States Are ‘Liberated’

Congressman who was compromised by Chinese spy compares Trump to Osama bin Laden

Biden: Capitol Attackers Were Incited by Trump, Who ‘Must be Held Accountable’

Matt Gaetz calls our Democrat hypocrisy on ‘incitement of violence’

Breaking silence before his impeachment, Trump urges ‘NO violence’ from backers

Trump calls for ‘safe’ transition in new video, with no mention of impeachment vote

President Trump Issues Emergency Declaration for Washington D.C.

Joint Chiefs pointedly remind military personnel Biden will be president, ‘sedition and insurrection’ are illegal

Soldiers flow into Capitol in a scene reminiscent of the Civil War

Secret Service launches massive security operation to protect Biden inauguration

Questions swirl around possible ‘insider’ help for Capitol attack

Metal detectors infuriate lawmakers as some Republicans erupt over new measures

Pelosi announces lawmakers will be fined $5,000 if they bypass metal detectors to House floor

Passengers banned from U.S. airlines top 2,700, with dozens added in wake of Capitol riot

Airbnb, HotelTonight cancel all Washington, DC, metro reservations ahead of Inauguration

Walt Disney Co. Suspends Contributions to Lawmakers Who Objected to Election Certification

LA Times Calls for ‘De-Trumpification,’ Reckoning for Trumpism

NYC terminating contracts with Trump Organization after Capitol riot

Eric Trump: Businesses Severing Ties With the Trump Organization Are Part of ‘Cancel Culture’

James Comey says Biden should consider pardoning Trump

Pro-Trump Attorney Lin Wood Not of ‘Sufficient Character’ to Practice Law, Decides Judge

Dennis Prager: Capitol Siege Was ‘Vile’ but Left’s Suppression of Free Speech Is Worse

Glenn Greenwald says tech giants, not Parler, hosted the majority of Capitol Hill riot planning

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Donald Trump Should Be Held Accountable for Capitol Hill

Snapchat permanently bans President Trump

Amazon Court Filing Slams Parler For Posts Inciting, Planning “Rape, Torture And Assassination Of Public Officials, Private Citizens”

Facebook and other tech giants could soon face a flood of court cases in Europe over data privacy

Poland Proposes Bill to Protect Freedom of Speech on Internet

Twitter Claims ‘Error’ in Blacklisting Students for Trump

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends Trump ban, but admits company’s power sets ‘dangerous’ precedent

Twitter, Facebook Lose $51 Billion in Value After Booting Trump

Bitcoin Is Unlike Any Other Bubble We’ve Seen So Far

The UK Is Developing Nuclear-Powered Space Exploration for Faster Mars Trips

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Mamuju, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

Langila volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Severe floods and landslides damage more than 10,000 homes in West Java, death toll rises to 21 with 19 missing, Indonesia

Deep freeze wreaks havoc in Spain following blockbuster Storm Filomena

Hong Kong records its coldest temperature since 1988, large scale crop damage reported

Former Michigan governor faces charges for the Flint water crisis that killed 12 people

Pope’s phone call helps children of Italian gay couple become Catholic

Desecration trial opens over LGBT rainbow put on Polish icon

Israel’s Health Ministry Recognizes That Transgender Identity Is Not a Psychological Disorder

Flo Health accused of improperly sharing data with Facebook, including whether users were ovulating

Moderna CEO says the world will have to live with Covid ‘forever’

China Locks Down 22 Million, More Than Double Last Year

Brazil downgrades efficacy of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

Spain: Judge orders incapacitated woman to get virus vaccine

Unexpected String of Allergic Reactions Causes Delays at ‘Vaccination Super Station’ Near Petco Park

UK may move some coronavirus patients into hotels as hospitals struggle with new strain

Biden team prepares push for new COVID relief bill expected to cost trillions

Defiance of virus dining bans grows as restaurants flounder

US Supreme Court Orders Nevada to Review COVID-19 Restrictions on Churches

North Korea is worst country for Christian persecution again as authoritarian governments exploit Covid crisis

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Apostasy Watch Thursday 1-14-21

Gary Gilley – The Social Gospel: Imposing A Cultural Mandate Into The Great Commission

Beni Johnson claims “The Passion Translation is a better translation than the King James.”

Houston pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell sentenced to prison for role in multimillion-dollar fraud scheme

Wheaton Faculty Decry “Abuses of Christian Symbols” and “Wicked Leadership” Following Capitol Riot

PBS Lawyer: Put The Children Of Republicans In “Reeducation Camps”

Is This ‘1984?’ AOC Calls for Government ‘Commission’ to Dispel ‘Misinformation’ from Media

Pictures from Deranged Abortionist who Kept 2411 Dead Babies on Property Revealed

China Boasts Uyghur Women ‘No Longer Baby-Making Machines’ Amid Falling Birth Rates

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

14 Jan 2021 – Rapture Ready News

The regime in Tehran is not simply allowing al-Qaeda terrorists to crisscross its territory. The leaders of the Islamic Republic have intentionally made Iran the headquarters for al-Qaeda, the global terrorist organization that attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001 and has continued to attack and kill American citizens and allies in the two decades since. “Al-Qaeda has a new home base: it is the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday in a major address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Kim Jong-un’s Shot Across Biden’s Bow
Last year was relatively quiet in U.S.-North Korean relations. That’s likely to change. Having built up his nuclear and missile arsenal during the past four years, North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un has just warned President-elect Biden to expect more of the same. Speaking at the 8th Party Congress, the country’s highest legislative event, Kim praised his munitions scientists for their advances and announced plans for yet more dangerous weapons. These programs likely entail more missile and nuclear testing, which will escalate tensions and pose an early foreign policy challenge for the Biden administration.

Israel determined to prevent Iran from achieving ‘Syria Project’
The alleged strikes in the Deir al-Zour and Albu Kamal areas were the latest in a long series of reported Israeli attacks that are designed to thwart the Islamic Republic’s attempts at building a war machine in Syria. The airstrikes nevertheless stood out in light of the extraordinary comments made by a senior American intelligence official, who told the Associated Press that the bombings were enabled by intelligence provided to Israel by the United States.

In Final Act, Trump Admin To Present ‘Bombshell’ Findings Blaming Wuhan Lab For COVID-19, WHO Cover-Up
The Trump administration will present ‘dramatic new evidence’ that the virus which causes COVID-19 leaked from a Wuhan lab, according to the Daily Mail, which adds that outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make a “bombshell” announcement that SARS-CoV-2 did not naturally jump from bats to humans through an intermediary species – and was instead cultured by scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), where both Chinese and foreign experts have warned of shoddy bio-security for years. Meanwhile, China scrubbed “hundreds of pages of information” spanning over 300 studies conducted by the WIV, including some which discuss passing diseases from animals to humans. Totally normal behavior from innocent people, we’re sure.

Pro-Life Advocates Cheer Supreme Court Ruling Restricting Access to Abortion Pills
Pro-life groups praised the Supreme Court for restoring a federal prohibition against at-home abortions. The Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled lower-court decisions blocking Food and Drug Administration requirements that patients obtain abortion drugs in person. Mallory Quigley, vice president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said that clinics exploited the coronavirus pandemic to increase business amid lockdowns, encouraging the self-administered abortions that pro-choice advocates once characterized as dangerous “back-alley” procedures.

Iran launches missile drill amid tensions
Iran’s naval forces on Wednesday launched a major military drill in the country’s southern waters amid rising tensions in the region in the final week of the Trump administration. The two-day missile exercise in the Gulf of Oman, code-named Eqtedar-99 (power), was attended by top military officials, including the chief of army staff, Gen. Hossein Baqeri.

Any EU state can sue Facebook: Advocate general
Data protection authorities in all EU countries can start proceedings for private data breaches against Facebook even if the company is based in Ireland, advocate general Michal Bobek advised the European Court of Justice on Wednesday. In the case of Facebook, the data protection authority of Ireland is responsible at first place for pursuing procedures over breaches of EU data protection law, Bobek’s opinion suggested.

One Person Dead, One Missing After Wind And Rain Pummel Pacific Northwest
Rescuers in Oregon were searching through mud as deep as 10 feet Wednesday after a landslide east of Portland, looking for a person who was believed to have been swept away by the debris flow.

75 year old Israeli woman found lifeless hours after second dose of Covid-19 vaccine
A 75 year old woman who on Wednesday morning received the second dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was found lifeless in her home in Lod hours afterward, Channel 12 reported.

With Middle East on edge, miscalculation could trigger conflagration
Few are paying attention to some very dramatic developments taking place in the Middle East involving Israel, the US, Iran and its proxies. But they should. Consider the following: On Tuesday night, 18 airstrikes took place deep inside Syria, near the Syrian-Iraqi border – which foreign reports attributed to Israel, and which reportedly killed more than two dozen Syrian soldiers and foreign fighters.

Free-Speech Protesters outside home of Twitter CEO shout Holocaust Denial tweets still on Platform
Activists protested at the home of Twitter’s CEO, challenging his hypocrisy in allowing posts calling for genocide while banning President Trump. At the same time, Democrats are comparing Republican challenges to the actions of the Nazis in the Holocaust in a way that many find to be insulting forms of Holocaust denial.

Left-Wing Jewish Americans Cheer Death of Jewish Philanthropist
In a manner that betrayed their roots in Torah … left-wing anti-Israel Jewish groups celebrated the death of Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire Jewish philanthropist and an ardent lover of Zion.

Biden’s Pick for Justice Dept: Anti-Semitism Based in “Indisputable Fact”
When the righteous become great the people rejoice, But when the wicked dominate the people groan. Proverbs 29:2 . Biden nominated Kristen Clarke as his candidate to head the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Though eminently qualified, Clarke has some deeply disturbing views that clearly run contrary to the function she is expected to perform.

Report: At least 23 Iranian, Syrian troops killed in Israeli strikes in Syria
At least 23 members of Iranian and Syrian-regime forces were killed in Israeli air strikes in eastern Syria early Wednesday, and more than 28 militiamen wounded, some seriously, according to a U.K.-based war monitor. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that Israel had struck targets in Deir ez-Zor Governorate, quoting a military source as saying that the strike occurred just after 1 a.m. but providing no further details.

Mike Pompeo: ‘History Will Reflect on the Good Work’ Trump Has Done
“But history will reflect on the good work that this president and our administration has done. Those books will be written about the changes that we have made in the world, the recognition that we have taken about reality, sovereignty, respect for basic dignity and human rights, a return to the founding principles in a way that previous administrations had not done.

Rebellion begins: State of Florida considers divesting from Big Tech
Florida will consider divesting from technology companies that have banned or suspended President Donald Trump’s social-media accounts when Gov. Ron DeSantis next meets with his Cabinet.

Shots fired at IDF forces on Gaza border
Twice on Wednesday, the IDF responded to shots from Gaza near the border by striking Hamas guard posts. After shots were first fired from Gaza around 12 p.m. towards IDF engineering equipment, the IDF responded by striking a Hamas guard post. Shortly after, shots were fired again, and the IDF responded by striking two Hamas guard posts.

Reports that Iran has expanded ‘kamikaze drone’ base in Yemen
Iran has sent drones to Yemen, enabling the creation of a base for so-called “suicide drones” or what are known as loitering munitions… The report claims that “Shahed-136” drones are now based in Al-Jawf. These are supposedly “advanced UAVs.” The report is unclear as to most of the details, only noting that these drones might have a range of some 2,200 kilometers which puts them conveniently just within range of Israel.

Before Becoming Boston’s Mayor, Biden’s Labor Pick Was Embroiled in Union Extortion Scandal
President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for labor secretary was once caught on a wiretap admitting that he threatened a development company for refusing to use union workers. Biden chose Boston mayor Marty Walsh (D.) to lead the Department of Labor, praising the longtime union ally as a “good friend” and “stand up guy” in a Friday announcement.

Amazon Pulling Parler’s Servers Is ‘Stage 2’ of the Left’s ‘Gross Totalitarian’ Takeover
“The odds are 100%. We are coming back. Anybody who thought we were going to take this lying down, you picked the wrong guy,” Bongino said regarding Amazon pulling its servers supporting social media platform Parler, in which the conservative commentator has invested…“You’ll be next,” because liberal censorship is never sated until all opposition is eradicated, Bongino warned…

UN textbooks in Gaza, PA full of Israel hatred, praise of jihadists
A report published…shows that textbooks distributed by the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency includes incitement against Israel and glorifications of terrorists who committed atrocious acts of violence. The report…found that texbooks produced by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) include inciting material, across all subjects and grades.

Jerusalem approves location for new US Embassy
Jerusalem municipal authorities said Wednesday they have given preliminary approval to a location for a new U.S. Embassy in the city. In a statement on Twitter, Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum said the city’s building and planning committee approved the plans. She told The Associated Press that another committee must still grant approval, which she expects to happen in the coming weeks.

US Supreme Court Blocks Mail Delivery of Abortion Pill During Pandemic
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a requirement that women visit a hospital or clinic to obtain a drug used for medication-induced abortions, lifting an order by a lower court allowing the drug to be mailed or delivered as a safety measure during the coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump addresses nation for first time after 2nd impeachment
On Wednesday night President Donald Trump released a video statement denouncing political violence, including at events reportedly being planned to take place in Washington D.C. and across the country in the coming days. Trump’s remarks came about an hour after the House of Representatives voted to impeach him on a charge of inciting an insurrection among demonstrators at the Capitol last week.

Severe floods and landslides damage more than 10 000 homes in West Java, death toll rises to 21 with 19 missing, Indonesia
Severe weather in West Java, Indonesia, has triggered severe flooding that damaged more than 10 000 homes, according to the disaster management agency BNPB. Rescue efforts continue as of January 13, 2021, to retrieve missing people after landslides hit Sumedang District on January 9. 21 deaths have been confirmed, while 19 others remain missing.

Category 5 atmospheric river brings flooding rain and strong winds to Oregon and Washington, U.S.
An exceptional atmospheric river rated Category 5 (AR 5) is soaking the Pacific Northwest, bringing flooding rain and strong winds in parts of coastal Oregon and Washington, where up to 8 600 customers were left without power on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Threats of flooding, mudslides, and avalanches continue into Wednesday morning, January 13, before the moisture flow heads offshore and dissipates.

Competing Trump scenarios; breaking the spells of FEAR and SCARCITY
..With Italy’s government now collapsing, and the Pope rumored to have been arrested, and a raid having taken place on the Leonardo company that provided the satellite infrastructure used by the deep state to steal the election, it’s obvious that major events are under way on the world stage, all pointing to something much bigger taking place in the next seven days.

Does Anyone Else Find It Odd That Despite Winning It All, The Democrats Seem To Be Terrified And Are Working Frantically To Head Something Off?
At first glance, it looked like the Democrats were attacking Donald Trump and his 75 millions supporters so vehemently because they had finally seized power and were now enacting their long-simmering vengeance against Conservatives. But the longer I looked, it began to dawn on me that these are not the actions of a group of people who now have control of the House, Senate and White House, and are secure in their power, not at all. They are acting frantic and running scared, like they feel it could all be taken away from them between now and the 20th. Could it?

Twitter Flooded with Calls to Arrest George Soros for ‘Treason’
Users on Twitter are flooding the platform with calls for liberal billionaire George Soros to be arrested for “treason.”

BREAKING: Texas Election Fraudster Caught in Project Veritas Undercover Sting Arrested For Widespread Vote Harvesting – Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison
In October Project Veritas released a bombshell undercover video of a Texas “Republican” consultant violating both Texas and federal laws.

Biden’s ‘Humane’ Immigration Plan Gives Green Cards to Illegal Aliens, Harris Reveals
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has revealed that former Vice President Joe Biden’s immigration plan gives green cards to millions of illegal aliens living in America.

Sánchez, Castro Push Legislation to Prevent Naming Things After Trump
House Representatives Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX) are working to ensure that President Donald Trump is never memorialized in any official manner.

January 14 Morning Quotes of the Day

“Understanding Is the Reward of Faith”
Isaiah 7:9; 43:10; John 7:14–18

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that you may understand.

AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Ministry of Power
Deuteronomy 5:24; Isaiah 33:17; John 15:4; Colossians 3:3–4

Nearness to him, intimacy with him, assimilation to his character—these are the elements of a ministry of power. When we can tell our people, “We beheld his glory, and therefore we speak of it; it is not from report we speak, but we have seen the King in his beauty”—how lofty the position we occupy!

HORATIUS BONAR

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Modern church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.